San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
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 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.
The Municipal Rose Garden is a City of San Jose historic landmark.
- Holly Hayes, "San Jose Municipal Rose Garden named All-America Rose Selections test site", San Jose Mercury News, May 2, 2009.
- Beverly H., "Volunteers Bring Historic Rose Garden Back to Bloom", Corporation for National and Community Service, [December 15, 2009], retrieved July 29, 2014.
- "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).
- "San Jose Designated Historic City Landmarks", City of San Jose, updated December 18, 2013, p. 4 (pdf).