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What: A historic display rose garden in San Jose with over 3,500 shrubs and over 189 rose varieties.
When: Open 8am-7pm daily. Best time of year is around Mother’s Day
Where: Naglee Ave & Dana Ave, San Jose, CA 95126 Phone number (408) 277-5422
Why: Officially named America’s Best Rose Garden by the All-American Rose Selections (AARS). The perfect environment to enjoy a picnic.
My Experience: We decided to go on a family picnic in an environment a little more eye appealing than a regular grassy park. After a few Google and Yelp searches I stumbled across this rose garden. It feels like you can relate to Alice when she visited the Queen of Hearts. The garden could definitely be considered royal with it’s beauty. All the hard work volunteers contribute to this garden is amazing. It has a lovely fountain in the center of the garden with benches to sit on and plenty of places to lay out a blanket to have a picnic. There are a few places with shade, but I would plan on bringing sunscreen just in case. This place is great for a date or to bring kids who are old enough to know not to pick the flowers. Otherwise you may get a hefty fine if caught damaging the plants.