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Municipal Rose Garden, San Jose

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The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is a rose garden located at the intersection of Naglee and Dana Avenues, San Jose, California, in the Rose Garden neighborhood.
The garden, 5.5 acres in size, was once a prune orchard, but was bought by San Jose in 1927 and is now exclusively devoted to roses. It features more than 3,500 shrubs representing 189 rose varieties.
As an official Display Garden for the All-America Rose Selections (AARS), the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden receives AARS award-winning roses in advance of public release. In the early 2000s, city budget cuts impacted the garden, which led to the AARS placing it on probation. In 2007 Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden (FSJRG) was established, a volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission was to restore and renovate the garden. In 2008 the AARS lifted the garden from probation and restored full accreditation, and the following year over 800 new roses were planted as part of the restoration project.
On May 2, 2009 it was rededicated as an official AARS test garden, one of 23 in the US and the only one in Northern California.
On December 15, 2009 the restoration of the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden was nationally recognized on the Corporation for National and Community Service website.
On August 12, 2010 the AARS named it "America's Best Rose Garden", in the first nationwide contest of its kind. The winning garden was selected based on beauty, creativity and community involvement.
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  • LOVELY place to visit on ANY day, especially when the roses are in bloom. This location was my FIRST city job as a Groundsworker in 1975. What memories I have and I learned so much about roses and.....  more
    LOVELY place to visit on ANY day, especially when the roses are in bloom. This location was my FIRST city job as a Groundsworker in 1975. What memories I have and I learned so much about roses and.....  more »
  • Nestled in San Jose, this beautiful rose garden awaits your visit. California's climate creates the perfect environment for an everblooming array of roses. Definitely worth a visit, for a walk or a....  more
    Nestled in San Jose, this beautiful rose garden awaits your visit. California's climate creates the perfect environment for an everblooming array of roses. Definitely worth a visit, for a walk or a....  more »
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  • I have been coming to this Lovely Municipal Rose Garden Every year for the last three years. The Garden is Absolutely beautiful filled with Delightful Fragrant and many Colorful Roses everywhere! Beginning of May is definitely perfect to visit this Garden. Everything is in full blooms! It is quite nice that this Rose Garden is free of admission so many people of all ages can visit this Garden and take plenty of Photographs for any occasions! It is definitely peaceful and very welcoming here! I truly enjoy coming to this Rose Garden.🦋🌷😍
  • This is such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit, especially if you love roses. Most months there are some roses blooming in the garden but I have found that May is the best month where all the bushes are blooming. There are rows and rows of roses plus arbors and arches with climbing roses and even a fountain in the middle. My family likes to also do picnics here. The park has one area dedicated to the roses and another large grassy area for families to roam or play. The rose garden itself is very picturesque and I've even seen some wedding parties come here for pictures. During the pandemic it has also been easy to visit and stay socially distanced or have a picnic and still feel safe.

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