A Word from City Councilmember Dan Kalb
The Morcom Rose Garden is a gem in the heart of Oakland, founded in 1932 and named after Mayor Frank Morcom, who planted the first rose. The garden is known for its stunning collection of more than 6,000 roses, its serene ambiance, and the sense of tranquility it offers to all who enter its gates. Whether you are a seasoned horticulturist, a nature enthusiast, or simply someone seeking a peaceful retreat from the bustle of everyday life, the Morcom Rose Garden has something to offer everyone.
As you explore our Garden, you will discover a diverse collection of more than 6,000 species of colorful roses, each with its own unique story to tell, from classic, time-honored varieties to rare and exotic blooms. We invite you to take your time exploring the Garden’s winding pathways.
The Morcom Rose Garden is not only a horticultural treasure but also a place of community and celebration. Every the year, the garden is host to weddings, memorials, Oakland’s “Mother of the Year” event, and more. You can even view plaques with the name of each mother honored with this award since the event’s inception in 1954.
The garden is lovingly tended by the Dedicated Deadheaders an all-volunteer group and crucial part of the Friends of the Morcom Rose Garden— if you see them at work, don’t hesitate to thank them, say hello, or even ask how you can get involved!
Thank you for choosing to spend time with us at the Morcom Rose Garden. We hope that your visit is filled with wonder, tranquility, and inspiration, and that you leave with a renewed appreciation for the beauty of our garden and Oakland’s public spaces.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your input is invaluable in helping us maintain and improve this treasured garden for future generations to enjoy.
Oakland City Councilmember District 1