Rose Garden, San Jose

Rose-Garden-headerRoses hold a little special place in my heart. When my Husband and I planned our wedding in 6 days, I had nothing picked out. It was especially fun trying to find a dress after we decided to finally go ahead with a wedding, let alone finding shoes to go with, and of course me not bringing ANY makeup home when I flew back to Newfoundland. Silly me for thinking I needed that break for my skin to breath. Who knew I’d be getting married?

The Guy and I aren’t formal people whatsoever, and planned on getting married in our regular clothes. That was until both our parents piped up saying we should dress up. Okay. Fine.

My Mom asked me what sort of flowers I’d want in my bouquet. “Daisies?” she asked. “Eh, I don’t know. Those smell funny.” I said.

I was never the type of person to have her wedding planned out or thought of at, as a child. I guess you could say I was pretty laid-back about the whole getting married thing. (Ahem. Except for the times I whip out our two small wedding photo albums and reminisce about our memorable, super fun day. The Guy isn’t into looking back at the photos as much as I am ;)

Peach-rosesMy Mom thought some more, “Roses?” she stated. I thought about it and said sure! Our wonderful neighbours helped out with the wedding so much, and picked up a couple of bouquets of red and ivory roses at Costco, and they put together a small bouquet for me to carry as I walked down my parents hallway into our living room.

Yellow-roses-off-to-sideLike I said, roses hold a very special place in my heart now that I am married and have these wonderful memories of them. I had no idea there was a thing such as the Rose Garden in San Jose, so when I went there yesterday, I knew we had to spend more than a few minutes browsing around the grounds.

Roses-at-Rose-GardenBasically I stopped to smell the roses ;)

Enjoy the photos. I’m off to San Francisco for the day to spend a few hours with my Canadian blog buddy, Megan. I’m spending as much time with her as possible before she moves back to Canada next month, so sad!

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Rose-Garden-fountain2This rose garden is surrounded by tons of redwood trees, and the aroma of roses just fills the air when walking through. It’s the epitome of relaxation here. Young and old alike were wandering through the gardens, some relaxing on the grass, and many taking it all in, next to the fountain. I have to be honest, California has acclimatized me and I was a little chilly walking around in just my t-shirt and jeans. Canadian friends, I won’t tell you the temperature for fear of being scolded ;)

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FountainThe colour of this fountain is unreal, not even photoshopped and look how bright the aqua colour is. 

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San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
1649 Naglee Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126

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  1. I love roses, too, and would love to take a stroll through that garden. I imagine it smells heavenly! My daughter had roses in her wedding and we found a photo of the bridal bouquet she wanted and took it to our florist. It was very compact, but we learned it had 6 dozen roses! It sure didn’t look like it. She later talked about how heavy it was, but it sure was pretty.
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  2. I love rose gardens. My mothers old high school teacher had one and every year for mothers day we would go to her rose garden to take mothers day photos in the garden and it was so beautiful and smelled marvelous. I miss that garden even to this day I need to find a garden here in GA so I can go and do the same tradition with my daughter.
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  3. I love roses, that is walk through the garden was what I needed today. Thank you for sharing all of it. I always try and visit the rose garden at Prospect Park.

  4. The pictures you posted are just lovely. I love the adage of “stop to smell the roses” and the rose pictures you posted are certainly a nice reminder to do just that. I’ve never been to San Jose but if we ever go I’ll be sure to check out the Rose Garden.

  5. Wow, what a beautiful rose garden. We are members of the amazing Chicago Botanic Garden, and the rose garden is one of our favorites. It looks a lot like the place you visited, and even has a huge water fountain. In the summer it is interactive and perfect for cooling off on a hot day!
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    1. @Cassie: Isn’t it stunning?? It was super bright in person (and it wasn’t even the sunniest of days). So when I first saw the photo I took, after that I couldn’t stop snapping. It was unreal how “fake” (and awesome) it looked on camera haha.
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  6. Beautiful pictures! I absolutely love taking pictures of flowers, so I’m super excited that it’s springtime! I just bought some flowers the other day and as soon as the order comes in, I will be out in the yard planting some new arrangements. I can’t wait.

    By the way, planning a wedding in 6 days?! Wow, very impressive – you must be superwoman! Great post.
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  7. These are just totally amazing pictures indeed. I love roses yellow for in remembrance of my grandfather who love them and red for my grandmother along with mother who both are named Rose. Thanks for sharing.

  8. looks so pretty! i need to visit there. :) i feel like i’ve gone to a rose garden somewhere in the bay area but i can’t remember if it was somewhere in the city or where. guess i have to go again! that’s really awesome that you guys were so laid back about your wedding. i used to be a wedding photographer and saw that a lot of people spent so much time on their wedding and very little time on their marriage.. and many of them ended up not working out.
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