A year ago, I had the opportunity to go to San Jose Municipal Rose Garden as part of a drawing Meetup group. The only part of the title of the group that I can remember is Doodlepalooza. The group met on a weekday around lunchtime. I only had enough time to start a pencil sketch of the fountain before I had to go to work in the afternoon. I told myself that I would come back one day and finish it by adding color. I finally got an opportunity to come back … a year later.
Visiting Rose Garden is #74 in 100 Things to do in San Jose Before You Die by Susannah Greenwood. Rose Garden is located on Naglee and Dana Avenues. The roses are in bloom from April to November.
Fun fact about Rose Garden, it used to be a prune orchard. Prunes were a major industry in Santa Clara County in the early 20th century according to The Last of the Prune Pickers: A Pre-Silicon Valley Story by Tim Stanley.
Every house we lived in on the eastside of San Jose has had roses growing in the front yard. How my Mom managed to keep them alive and not her house plants is a mystery to me.
If you need help with your roses or choosing roses for your yard, the San Jose Public Library has plenty of books, e-books, and DVDs on the subject of roses, gardening with roses, and even cooking with roses:
DVDs about Roses
Drawing & Painting Flowers
If you need help drawing or painting roses or using watercolor pencils, here are a few resources.
Using Watercolor Pencils
In our busy and over-scheduled lives, there is no better place to slow down and stop and smell the roses. So, come on by to the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.