San Jose Heritage Rose Garden

Open daily from dawn to dusk, no admission charge

Navigating the Rose Garden

The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, or the “Sangerhausen of the West,” is an unexpected jewel located in downtown San Jose. The purpose of the rose garden was to provide a safe haven for important rose species and to connect the public with the rare and beautiful flowers. Special emphasis was placed on choosing types of roses that would supplement the Municipal Rose Garden’s collection. 

The criteria for choosing the roses that would be placed in the new garden included:

1. Rose varieties that were in danger of becoming lost or inaccessible
2. Rose varieties whose genes contributed to the best roses ever
3. Rose varieties that were so great that the public should have the opportunity to view them
4. Rose varieties that would become rare in the future