E-NEWSLETTER: MAY 2020
Heritage Rose Garden in Bloom
Springtime means peak bloom for the Heritage Rose Garden and is the best time to enjoy the splendor of the garden's 3,000+ roses. Across the park, birds are chirping, trees are budding, and park and trail use is up, as our Executive Director shared in a recent Q&A with the San Jose Downtown Association. With recent amendments to Santa Clara County's shelter-in-place order for outdoor businesses, seasonal brush work has begun, resulting in the clearing of the Guadalupe Gardens frontage along Coleman Ave. and improvement of sight lines along the trail.

We continue to closely monitor the evolution of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with the present county shelter-in-place order, the Visitor & Education Center will remain closed through Sunday, May 31st. Staff continue to work remotely and will maintain correspondence during regular business hours. Programs and facilities will observe the following schedules:

  • The Rotary PlayGarden will remain closed through Monday, June 1st
  • Heritage Rose Garden and Historic Orchard community workdays will remain on hold
  • CHIRP homeschool programs and Camp Guadalupe will be held online via distance learning format

Updated notifications of any changes will be provided via email or on Facebook . We encourage you to get involved, as you are able, in support programs via Silicon Valley Strong , or show commitment to the Conservancy's mission by participating in our Rose Adoption and Membership programs. Should you have any questions or concerns, you may reach our office via email at info@grpg.org .
Rotary PlayGarden Turns Five
May 23rd marks the Rotary PlayGarden's fifth birthday. After 750,000+ visitors and countless smiles, it's hard to imagine not having this beloved community asset in Guadalupe Gardens. Join us on Facebook over the coming weeks as we recount the PlayGarden's construction and milestones.
Remembering Bill
We were saddened to learn of the passing of our long-time friend and supporter Bill Del Biaggio, Jr. (pictured center). Bill served as GRPC board president over the years and, most recently, as a member of our Advisory Council. We are grateful for his community leadership, and our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Education, Advocacy and Stewardship
A hearty thanks to the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place during the first half of March:

  • Archbishop Mitty High School
  • Hope Services
  • Mission Bay
  • Monte Vista High School
  • Morgan Autism Center
  • South Bay Heritage Rose Group
  • UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who came out weekly to make a difference. You helped us log 183 volunteer hours in March.
Meet the Volunteer: Mike
Mike is the father of our volunteer coordinator, Sarah, and has been helping her with river cleanups and gardening tasks within the Heritage Rose Garden. Mike also volunteers his time with Santa Clara County Parks and was more than willing to help at the Guadalupe. At home, Mike is an avid gardener, so his skills are especially helpful in the garden. Thanks for the help, Mike!
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