Santa Clara County Rose Society

Founded in 1927
The first local rose society on the World Wide Web!
Website Established April, 1995
Affiliated with the American Rose Society


Public Gardens in Santa Clara County


There are six public gardens in Santa Clara County, each of which contains many types of roses. These gardens are:

Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
This garden has approximately 40-50 old garden roses, Austin shrubs, and a few modern roses. The Gamble house was built in 1906, and the gardeners are trying to keep the gardens reflective of that era.


Los Altos Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, University Avenue, Los Altos (about 1 block from Shoup Park)
This serene, peaceful park in a secluded,woodsy setting was made from an estate. It contains forty roses of varying types, mostly hybrid teas. It also has about a dozen minis, and a few floribundas, and some old garden roses.


Rengstorff House at Shoreline Park, Mountain View
The Rengstorff house is an 1867 restored Victorian home. The beautifully-landscaped garden contains 55 old garden roses (only 5 non-repeat bloomers, including rugosas, banksias, polyanthas, etc. in predominantly shades of pink.


San Jose Heritage Rose Garden at Guadalupe Gardens, Spring & Taylor Streets, San Jose
Initially planted in early 1995, this garden will be the largest in the United States dedicated to preserving the legacy of roses ranging from species through old garden to modern. It contains over 4,400 roses of over 3,450 varieties, the most varieties of any public garden in the U.S. and the third-most in the world. With plantings over the next two years, the garden will expand to over 5,500. For further information about the Heritage Rose Garden, check out its web site.


San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, Naglee & Dana Streets, San Jose
Contains approximately 3500 old and modern roses. Open daily 8 AM to sunset.


Santa Clara University Mission Rose Garden, on the Santa Clara University campus near the old Santa Clara mission.
Contains mostly modern roses, but has a few old garden roses that are spectacular in the springtime. Also contains tree roses, bush roses, and climbers.


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