A Word from City Council

A Word from Councilmember Abel Guillen

The Morcom Rose Garden has been one of Oakland’s treasures for decades, since it was constructed in 1932, and I’m proud that it’s located within the Council District I represent.

A place of great beauty, tradition and renewal, it is also a great community venue where thousands of residents from around the city and visitors gather every year.

Throughout the years, the garden has been transformed, maintained and sustained through the tireless work of the City’s gardening staff in conjunction with a corps of dedicated volunteers – increasingly so with recent budget constraints. We are grateful for their commitment and skilled work in protecting this crown jewel among the network of Oakland’s parks.

As testament to their success, the Morcom Rose Garden was designated an AARS (All-America Rose Selection) Public Garden in 2009.

With the record drought continuing in California, their efforts are even more daunting – and valuable.

There is so much the Garden offers its visitors. I urge you to check out the many events held at the Morcom, from Martin Luther King’s Birthday and Earth Day to the first blooms in May and the annual Oakland Mother of the Year ceremony to picturesque weddings or a little exercise walking up and down the garden steps.

You can also share in the magic of the Morcom by volunteering to sustain its beauty, from weeding and spreading mulch to general clean-up. There are many opportunities to help out one time or on a regular basis – perhaps a monthly weekday or weekend morning. You’ll love the experience – and the great friends of the garden. Volunteer today.

For more questions and concerns about the Morcom and other parks in Oakland, please contact Jennie Gerard in my Council office at jgerard@oaklandnet.com.

See you at the park,

Abel Guillen
City Councilmember, Oakland District 2