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Lilies, Lilies and More Lilies!

Lily season is here. The buds are already visible atop their tall stems, ready to burst open. The show is fleeting, but it brings a level of beauty few flowers can match. True lilies are members of Liliaceae family and…

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Celebrating the Trees of Oakland

Did you know that Oakland is home to more than 1,600 trees, from majestic oaks to mighty magnolias, to demure crape myrtles and dogwoods? Oakland’s trees feed and shelter wildlife, help reduce air pollution and provide welcome shade for visitors.…

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Dogwoods! Which one?

Dogwoods come in all shapes and sizes, from shrubs with brightly colored winter stems to our native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) with it’s beautiful white and pink spring flowers. The flowering dogwood is a classic of southern springs, but you…

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The Garden is Waking Up

Our winter-blooming camellia, Camellia japonica, is coming into full bloom throughout Oakland’s gardens. Its habit of blooming during the coldest months is one reason it has been loved in southern gardens for many generations. The white, pink, red, or patterned…

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Earth Day Crafts

Celebrate Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22) and keep your kids busy with a few crafts that are Oakland-tested and kid-approved! Cheerio Bird Feeders Perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers, this easy craft passes the time and creates a tasty treat for…

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