Rose Garden in San Jose: Municipal Rose Garden
Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose, CA was established in 1937, and is still a beautiful flowery garden that belongs to Regional Park. According to San Jose Parks, within 5.5 acre, this Municipal Rose Garden has more than 3,500 plantings and 189 varieties roses. It is a winner of America's Best Rose Garden. It draws thousands of visitors each year. There is a water fountain as a focal point with roses arrayed around. Benches are nestling by the blooming roses providing beautiful views to visitors who can relax there. The roses bloom from April to November. The best time to visit a rose garden is in May when the roses are at their most beautiful and sweet fragrant stage. Therefore it is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing day with your mother on Mother's Day or stroll down the aisles with roses lined alongside of you with your lover hand in hand. This rose garden is also ideal for a family outing.
Roses in Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose CAClick thumbnail to view full-size
Things to Do at Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose CA
There are maps of Municipal Rose Garden by the entrance on Naglee Ave. You can use a map to help you navigate around the garden. Beside walking around and enjoying the beauty of different types of roses, here is a list of things you can do:
- Learn the name of each type of rose: most of the roses have their name tags usually placed at the beginning of the row or at the side. You will be surprised by the names given to the roses. I must say some of those names are quite interesting and funny, such as Shookwave, Remember Me and Friendship.
- Take pictures: add this beautiful memory to your picture albums. You won't regret it.
- Read a book: bring your favorite book and relax on one of the benches after you are done looking at the flowers.
- Bring a ball or Frisbee: since there is a large grassy field, it is perfect to play some outdoor games, especially if you bring your kids along.
- Picnic/ BBQ: there is a BBQ area for parties and plenty of green grassy area for picnic.
The Location of Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose CA
Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose CA is located on Naglee Ave and Dana Ave and takes up a whole street block. The roses are concentrated on 2/3 of the land while a large grassy area fills the rest. This rose garden is enclosed by another two streets - Garden Dr and Emory St which form a rectangular sharp on the map. This rose garden is fairly accessible with a entrance on each side except there are 2 entrances on Naglee Ave. The main entrance on Naglee Ave is more pronounced with roses decorations. If you enter from the main entrance or the entrance on Dana Ave, you will walk right in to the flowery area. However if you take other entrances you will be greeted by a field of green grass on one side and a path leading you to the roses.
Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose, CA
There is at least one entrance on each side of the garden.
The Rules of San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
There are some rules you need to obey when you visit Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose:
- No dog is allowed inside the Municipal Rose Garden;
- No picking flowers or removing any plants;
- No skate boarding;
- No littering;
- No motorized vehicles;
- No smoking;
- No consumption of alcohol.
You'll see a sign of these rules by each entrance.
Although there is no designated parking lot for this Municipal Rose Garden, there are plenty of free street parking on all four sides of the rose garden. There are also plenty of mature tall trees to help keep your car cool from the sun on a hot summer day.
There are two public restrooms in Municipal Rose Garden San Jose. One is near the entrance on Emory Street while the other one is by the side entrance on Naglee Ave. These are the only two structures besides the information office inside the garden and they are very easy to see and locate.
Restaurant / Store / Shop
There isn't a restaurant inside Municipal Rose Garden San Jose. Since this rose garden is located in a residential area, there isn't any store or shop either except a local library at the corner of Dana Ave and Naglee Ave. There are few small shops, including Starbucks, at Naglee Ave and Park Ave a block away from the rose garden. If you are looking for restaurants, you need to go to The Alameda, also called Highway 82, and Hester Ave. It is about five minutes by car. You'll find restaurants as well as gas stations there.
However, if you're thirsty and don't have water with you, there are tap water fountains through out the garden.