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NEWSLETTER: February 2014

In this issue:

Super Bowl Sunday Run

Usually rainbows follow the rain, but this double beauty was a harbinger of the storm to come. Undaunted, over 500 people braved the elements to earn their game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe. Kudos to the participants and our wonderful volunteers. Many thanks to sponsors San Jose Water Company, Hardcastle Auto Body, Rose Garden Auto Care, AJ's Auto Detailing, and ValleyCrest.

Congratulations to the overall winners: 10K -- Allison Burzion/46:23 and Michael Ingardian/37:37; 5K -- Elaine Yu/24:37 and Josh Brown/20:25.

Click here for the rest of the results.

We had incredible volunteer support for the run and received many compliments on the course volunteers' enthusiasm and good cheer. We are indebted to the following groups:

  • Cupertino NHS
  • NCL Heritage Rose
  • Independence HS Key Club
  • Oak Grove ROTC
  • De Anza ISV
  • iHeart IHS

and individuals: Sherri Bohan, Michael Viramontes, Bruce and Allie Victorine, Marshall Woodmansee, Allison Burzio, and Henry Chu


Looking for a distinctive Valentine's gift? A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. With your donation of $50, we will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Valentine. Click here for more details.

River Clean Ups

Volunteers from Evergreen Valley HS Interact Club helped with our first river clean up of 2014. Last year, we mobilized 660 volunteers for 20 clean ups.

If you are interested in helping with a future clean up, please send a message to

Legacy Giving

Did you know that your attorney, CPA, or financial planner can help you craft an estate plan that provides for your favorite charities at little or no expense to your loved ones?

So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations, The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

The World Underground

With Spring on the horizon, we'll spend February uncovering the world underground. Join us as we explore the science behind successful gardening and investigate the various gardens in the Guadalupe Gardens.

The Birth of a Cheeseburger
February 5th/6th

How Does Your Garden Grow?
February 12th/13th

February 19th/20th

Guadalupe Green Thumbs
February 26th/27th

More info.

Rose Pruning Classes

Wednesdays & Saturdays
through February
8:30 to 11:30 am

Hands-on rose pruning lessons will be offered at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden every Wednesday and Saturday, through February 26th. Lessons begin promptly at 8:30 am.

More info.

Gardening with Cold Frames and Mini-Greenhouses

Saturday, February 22nd
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Start your garden out on the right foot! Greenhouses are not just for the winter; join Master Gardener Sharon Johnson for this workshop to about the many seasonal uses of cold frames and greenhouses. Participants will learn an easy way to build a cold frame or mini greenhouse as a place to start your seeds, acclimatize your nursery plants before setting them in your garden, as a place to keep the plants you don't have time to plant, or to start seedlings for an earlier harvest. Click here to sign up.

Spring Walking Series

Saturdays, March 1st through April 5th
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Age 18 and up
$30/members, $40/non-members

Burst out of winter with a new walking series! Join fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher for a 6 week Spring Walking Series. Step by step, you'll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails along the Guadalupe River. Learn proper stretches, toning exercises, and walking technique as you meet others who enjoy exercising outdoors along the way. Varied fitness levels will be offered. Click here to sign up.

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