Gardens in the South Bay

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Bamboo Garden (Los Altos Hills)

The Bamboo Garden was established in 1989 and contains over 70 varieties of bamboos and covers an area of two acres. Signs identify each of the bamboos from around the world and free plant maps are available. In various locations there are benches where one can sit and relax. Located in the east section of the garden is the Azumaya or meditation pavilion.

Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens (San Jose)

The Gardens are located high above Milpitas in the East Bay hills. They have more than 170 peony varieties and over 160 Tall Bearded Iris varieties currently under cultivation.

Chinese Cultural Garden (San Jose)

Overfelt Gardens is a 33 acre park that includes picnic areas, benches for viewing wildlife, restrooms, a fountain, a fragrance garden, one lake and two ponds, and a California Native Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary. The southeast section of the park includes the Chinese Cultural Garden, commemorating Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kai shek, Confucius, and Chinese culture in general, including a large black stone, mined and shipped from the Republic of China.

Gamble Garden (Palo Alto)

The Garden is a nonprofit community horticulture foundation. There are docent led tours for groups of 8 or more with advance notice. For a map of the garden and types of plants in the garden, please click Gamble Garden Map

Guadalupe River Park and Gardens (San Jose)

Guadalupe Gardens features a renowned Heritage Rose Garden with over 3,700 varieties of roses. Guadalupe River Park is a three mile ribbon of park land that runs along the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose.

Hakone Japanese Garden (Saratoga)

This is the oldest Asian and Japanese estate in the Western Hemisphere and was established in 1915. It covers 18 acres of green hills overlooking Silicon Valley with a Koi pond, lily pond, Zen garden, Moon bridge, tea garden, Wisteria arbor, water fall, Carmellia garden, bamboo garden, many different lanterns and carved stones and picnic area.  Restrooms, cold drinks and tea are available.

Hakone Japanese Garden Trip (Saratoga)

Please click on GET FULL REVIEW to view photos and learn more about the Bay Area Older Adults Hakone Japanese Garden trip attended by BAO members.

Heritage Rose Gardens (San Jose)

The Heritage Rose Botannical Garden is a unique collection of 3,700 antique and modern roses. Established in 1995 through an extensive community effort, the garden contains more varieties than any other rose garden in the western hemisphere. Docent led tours for prescheduled groups can be arranged.

Japanese Friendship Garden (San Jose)

The Friendship Garden is a six acre garden patterned after Japans famous Korakuen Garden in Okayama (one of San Joses sister cities). The three main ponds were stocked with koi sent from Okayama in 1966. The ponds are at different elevations in the park, and are interconnected by streams.

Museum of American Heritage (Palo Alto)

The museum is surrounded by historic gardens. Permanent exhibits include early 20th century collections, general store, print shop, radio repair shop and

Overfelt Gardens (San Jose)

Overfelt Gardens  is a 33 acre park that includes picnic areas, benches for viewing wildlife, restrooms, a fountain, a fragrance garden, one lake and two ponds, and a California Native Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary. The southeast section of the park includes the Chinese Cultural Garden.  The lake and ponds are habitat for birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish.

Rengstorff House (Mountain View)

The house was built in 1867 and restored in 1991. It is an example of Victorian Italianate architecture on the west coast. Guests are invited to stroll through the English gardens surrounding the House.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Gardens (San Jose)

Behind the museum is about two blocks square of gardens that include roses and other flowers as well as fountains and sculptures.

Stanford University Arboretum (Palo Alto)

This 100 year old Arboretum was designed by landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted and contains over 350 species representing 150 genera and sixty families which are visited by a variety of bird species.

Stanford University Arizona Cactus Garden (Palo Alto)

The Garden was designed for Jane and Leland Stanford by landscape architect Rudolf Ulrich between 1881 and 1883. Selections from the Cacti family include columnar, barrel and monstrose forms. Selections of succulents include Aloes, Crassulas and rosette forming Agaves. For a map of the garden go to: http://bgm.stanford.edu/groups/grounds/special/arizona_map

The Municipal Rose Garden (San Jose)

This 5.5 acre Rose Garden has large beds of about 190 varieties of mostly modern roses. It was established in the mid 1930s. Enjoy colorful, showy blooms throughout the April to November season. A favorite time to visit though is early May when the acres of fragrant, majestic roses are at their most beautiful stage.

Villa Montalvo Arboretum (Saratoga)

Villa Montalvo Arboretum is 137 acres located behind the Montalvo Art Center in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is managed by Santa Clara County Parks who maintains the woodland hiking trails and gardens. Please click for Villa Montalvo map