Beautifully designed landscaping provides a gorgeous backdrop for fun!
All of the Park's rides and attractions were built around a beautifully designed landscaping which features many different varieties of trees, flowers, water elements and rock formations. Our six majestic gardens are manicured to display the best in landscape architecture. Below you will find a brief description of each of our gardens along with an opportunity to read more about the creation, design and plant life located in each.
- Camellia Garden Camellia Garden displays many varieties of the two most popular species of Camellias – 'japonica' and 'sasanqua'. A combination of these provides a blooming season from September through April and is best viewed in early spring or late fall for full blooms. Added to compliment the deep green formal look of the Camellias are many selected varieties of Japanese Maples and annual flowerbeds that are a sight to see all year long. This garden is also host to our educational Musical Market Show. view details » view map »
- Claudia's Garden Named after founder Michael Bonfante's wife, Claudia's Garden is the oldest garden in the Park and features "conifers and color". The garden showcases a variety of conifers, trees with needle-like leaves, many formed into unique geometric topiaries and enhanced by colorful blankets of annual flowerbeds. Many varieties have been specifically grown for this garden. Claudia's Garden is also host to many wedding ceremonies throughout the year and has an antique children's carousel. Look for the entrance off the main path under the Arch Circus Tree. view details » view map »
- Holly Garden This pathway garden features a collection of over twenty different varieties of hollies displayed in shrub, tree and topiary forms. Holly tree varieties are not well known in the west and this Garden was created to show their diversity in leaf sizes and growth habits. Holly ranges in size from a very petite 12 inches to full size trees at 75 feet. They can be either evergreen or deciduous, but all produce colorful berries in the fall. Guests can also catch stunning views of the Lily Pond and one of the Park's largest waterfalls from the garden’s two observation decks. view details » view map »
- Monarch Garden Hundreds of tropical and sub-tropical trees, shrubs and flowers, which would not otherwise survive in Gilroy's climate, are displayed inside a 60-foot tall climate controlled greenhouse. Ornamental trees have been selected for their spectacular blooms, while fruit bearing trees produce popular tropical fruits and annuals provide a colorful carpet. Guests are treated to three unique views of this incredible garden: at ground level walking along the footpath, in the air taking a ride above the canopy on Sky Trail Monorail, and down below as the Park’s train tunnels through the ground to give you views of over 50 feet of luscious growth. view details » view map »
- Rainbow Garden The Rainbow Garden is best viewed by drifting leisurely on the Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride. As you twist and turn through our winding stream you will be treated to annual color and many of the Park's collection of topiaries. The water attraction part of Rainbow Garden is closed during November and December for winter maintenance, but during this time some parts of the garden may still be viewed. You can stand at the railing next to South County Cones, take a walk down the entrance queue or go through the ride's exit portal down to Elm Tree Deck for a fabulous view of Coyote Lake and a place to rest or eat. view details » view map »
- South County Backroads Garden Viewed by taking a ride in a 1920's or 1950's antique car through almost two acres of historical South Santa Clara Valley. Driving up into the foothills that surround the valley floor, guests pass under majestic conifers, a canopy of deciduous trees, past fanciful topiaries, annual flowerbeds, an open meadow and a variety of stunning water features with rock formations. view details » view map »