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Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 7:22 am

Who: Lap and Cecilia Wong of Lodi, Philip Kong of Stockton in San Jose.

The trip: Municipal Rose Garden and Japanese Friendship Garden.

Highlights: Back in 1927, San Jose City Council voted to set aside the 5.5 acres of land — a one time prune orchard. The Rose Society pledged to provide roses for the garden. On April 7, 1937, the Municipal Rose Garden was officially dedicated.

There is a large, two-tiered water fountain in the park’s center, surrounded by rows and rows of mesmerizing rose beds. The other side is an open field, with a natural grass stage, allowing for sport episodes to be played.  A cathedral of redwood trees generates wonderful shaded for all visitors.

May is the prime month view the species as they are in full bloom. It is home to a tapestry of more than 4,000 hybridized rose shrubs characterized by a single, high-centered bloom. They are expertly maintained by well-tendered volunteers.

Feel intoxicated with 75 years of vibrant kaleidoscope of colors: yellow, pink, white, red and purple reign supreme.

Soak up abundant blossoms, the unfurling of remarkably strong wafting fragrance in the air is so gratifying.

Splurge with an impromptu picnic, and freshen up for an elegant family portrait.

Plunk down on the lawn, and savor the cheerful chattering comings and goings of the world’s future.

Find the time well spent under the arbor area to pursue your touching words of love.

Or, just relax on a smattering of bench, and partake of a magical dream amongst the gorgeous petals. Define a moment of absolute bliss.

The 1965 Japanese Friendship Garden (in Kelley Park, 1500 Senter Road), is a replica of gardens, from one of San Jose’s sister cities in Okayama, Japan.

Peer into this 6-acre garden, which entices you with the arching footbridge right on the upper pond with koi fish.

Hang around the sloping grades abounding with sculpted trees, manicured bonsai plants and other flora across the sweeping lawn.

Hear the sound of water dripping from the waterfall onto a series of small creeks rushing down to the lower pond elevate one’s mind.

Feel the sensation of stone paths that always have something new to see around the next bend.

Reel in a wide array of some foliage, particularly as it is reflected in the water.

Fuel your love of both gardens — but they best serve San Jose residents as a place to linger over the beauty of instinctive power amongst a busy city.

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