lie between the two arterials.
From Grand, turn left on Jean Street by the excellent nursery (part of the Grand Lake Ace Hardware), go a short block and there you are at the entrance to the Morcom Rose Garden. Park on the street, and then go for a stroll. You will not be disappointed.
ENTRANCE TO THE MORCOM ROSE GARDEN
These photos were taken in February, not exactly the prime month for blooming roses. But the rose garden is pretty in any season. This picture conveys a sense of the layout. Probably a small creek ran through this little area historically, since it rises upward heading north, and is bound by slopes on either side. (Here is a link to another person's blog post with photos that show the rose garden in its glory.)
While it lies within the City of Oakland, the east side of the rose garden abuts the City of Piedmont. I'm placing the the rose garden within the Lakeshore area, but in fact it is sandwiched in between the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood, the Lakeshore area, and the City of Piedmont.
An interesting feature of the rose garden is the presence of the annual "Mother of the Year" plaques, set in the pavement roughly halfway up the park. Changing views of the role of women and mothers is demonstrated by the names which begin in 1954. For a number of years the typical name is something such as "Mrs. Robert Smith". Then you start to see names in the style of of "Mrs. Elizabeth Smith". Finally the form that we would find most sensible emerges: "Elizabeth Smith". I'll bet they all were great mothers - it's just nice to know what their names were.
The park was dedicated during the heart of the Depression in 1937 (see photo below), though the origins of the park date back up to the 1910s when the land was first acquired by the City.
Backward to: Adams Point
Forward to: Lake Merritt
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