Neighboring Berkeley?s rose garden is better known, but maybe that?s because lovers of Oakland?s Morcom Rose Garden want to keep it their little secret. The roses ? an elaborate mix that includes a dark-red Taboo variety and the flamboyantly orange Las Vegas ? reach their fragrant and colorful peak around the middle of May, but Morcom is a quiet urban oasis all year long. Find a spot on one of the garden?s benches or a patch of grass next to the reflecting pool and enjoy the tranquility.