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Heritage Rose Garden Workday


2-4 hours


Meet at the Heritage Rose Garden shed. Parking can be found at the Seymour parking lot at the intersection of Seymour & Walnut, or 412 Seymour St. San Jose, CA. 


Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30am. Rain cancels. No need to sign up to volunteer unless you?re coming with a group greater than six. Just show up!


Mom, Dad or other grown-up (some adult facilitation/involvement required if under 15)


Established in 1995, the purpose of the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden was to provide a safe haven for important rose species and to connect the public with the rare and beautiful flowers. The garden is an environmental showcase because it is designed to use the least amount of labor, water, and other resources possible. In addition, it is an all volunteer maintenance garden, and it has an integrated pest management (no chemical) policy. 

The garden is the largest public collection of rose varieties in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. Because volunteers do all the work required to plant and maintain the garden, it is also the largest of all volunteer gardens in the world. 


Come work in the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden (HRG), a unique collection of 3,600 antique and modern roses. Established in 1995 through an extensive community effort, the garden contains 2,600 varieties, more varieties than any other rose garden in the Western Hemisphere. While the City of San Jose supplies materials, it is maintained primarily by volunteers!

Projects will vary with the time of the year. Volunteers can learn how to maintain their own roses or just enjoy helping with the maintenance of this special rose garden.



1. Clothes you can get dirty

2. Long pants

3. Closed toed shoes

4. Water bottle

5. Sun protection (hat and sunscreen) are a must

All tools are provided.



Volunteers will need to fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement, and minors will need it signed by a parent or guardian. Minors 15 and under must be accompanied by an active parent, guardian, or teacher at a 1:10 ratio.

Best appropriate for ages 14 and up!


For more information, please email Sarah Dreitlein at


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.

1. No need to sign up to volunteer unless you’re coming with a group greater than six. Just show up.

2. Work hard and have fun!

Click here for more details and a Rose Garden map.

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