San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

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San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden Fountain.JPG
SJ Municipal Rose Garden fountain.
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is located in San Jose, California
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
Location within San Jose and Silicon Valley
Type Rose garden
Location San Jose, California, United States
Coordinates 37°19′54″N 121°55′43″W / 37.33176°N 121.92859°W / 37.33176; -121.92859Coordinates: 37°19′54″N 121°55′43″W / 37.33176°N 121.92859°W / 37.33176; -121.92859
Area 37 acres (150,000 m2)

The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is a historic rose garden in San Jose, California, in the Rose Garden District. Founded in 1927, the garden is exclusively dedicated to roses and features more than 3,500 shrubs representing 189 rose varieties.

The AARS named the SJ Municipal Rose Garden as "America's Best Rose Garden", making it the winner in the first nationwide competition ever.[1]

History[edit]

The garden, 5.5 acres in size, was once a prune orchard, but was bought by San Jose in 1927.

The garden was founded on 20 November 1927, when San Jose City Council set aside 5 1/2 acres of an 11–acre tract of land for a rose garden. Its creation had been championed by the Santa Clara County Rose Society, which subsequently provided the roses for the new land given by the city. Groundbreaking took place on On 7 April 1931 and the Municipal Rose Garden was officially dedicated on 7 April 1937, six years later.[2]

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.

Awards[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

On August 12, 2010 the AARS named it "America's Best Rose Garden", in the first nationwide contest of its kind.[5] The winning garden was selected based on beauty, creativity and community involvement.

The Municipal Rose Garden is a City of San Jose historic landmark.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-America Rose Selections Announces Winners of America's Top 10 Rose Garden Competition", Press release, Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden, August 12, 2010, archived at the Wayback Machine, July 26, 2011 (pdf).
  2. ^ City of San José - Municipal Rose Garden
  3. ^ Holly Hayes, "San Jose Municipal Rose Garden named All-America Rose Selections test site", San Jose Mercury News, May 2, 2009.
  4. ^ Beverly H., "Volunteers Bring Historic Rose Garden Back to Bloom", Corporation for National and Community Service, [December 15, 2009], retrieved July 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "All-America Rose Selections Announces Winners of America's Top 10 Rose Garden Competition", Press release, Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden, August 12, 2010, archived at the Wayback Machine, July 26, 2011 (pdf).
  6. ^ "San Jose Designated Historic City Landmarks" Archived 2014-04-18 at the Wayback Machine., City of San Jose, updated December 18, 2013, p. 4 (pdf).

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