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January 6, 2012
Pruning clinics galore offered for Sacramento area gardeners

So many trees and shrubs, so much to prune. Whether you're tackling roses, shrubs or trees, get advise on pruning from local experts.

Bring gloves and take part, or learn while watching. There's an event nearby to sharpen pruning skills.

Looking for something special, such as advice of Japanese maples or old garden roses? Read on.

Here are some of the many free pruning workshops, clinics and demonstrations:

Saturday: Gold Country Rose Society conducts its annual rose pruning clinic while rejuvenating the Bell Road Memorial Garden. Public welcome. Bring pruners and gloves. Consulting rosarians conduct informal seminar for beginners at 10 a.m. Bell Road Memorial Rose Garden, 707 Bell Road, Auburn. (916) 276-0170. 9 a.m.

Saturday: Walt Miller will demonstrate pruning and remedial pruning of deciduous fruit trees. El Dorado County Master Gardeners, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville. (530) 621-5512. 9 a.m.-noon.

Tuesday: Gold Country Rose Society shares the basics of rose pruning and propagation (how to make new non-patent bushes out of those pruned canes) at its regular meeting. Public welcome. Rose Room, Auburn City Hall, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. (916) 276-0170. 7 p.m.

Thursday: Sacramento Rose Society presents a hands-on rose pruning workshop. Bring pruners and gloves. Tool sharpening available for donation. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 799-6199. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: Sierra Foothills Rose Society hosts its rose pruning workshop with something extra - a chili cookoff. Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. (916) 420-0344 or www.sactorose.org. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Jan. 14: Yolo County master gardeners lead a fruit tree pruning workshop in the demonstration orchard behind the college greenhouse. Learn how proper training and pruning of fruit trees directs new growth, helps create a desired tree structure and encourages spring fruit set. (Class will be held in greenhouse in case of rain.) Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Rd., Woodland. (530) 666-8143. 10 a.m.-noon.

Jan. 14: A master gardener will discuss pruning techniques and tips in a pruning workshop presented by the Sacramento Public Library. Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. (916) 264-2920. 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 14: The Sacramento Tree Foundation conducts workshops on proper pruning to extend the life and beauty of trees. Learn when and how to make pruning cuts and overall pruning strategies for young trees. Weather permitting, there will be an optional walkabout afterwards on library grounds to look at tree structure and pruning. Pre-registration required at www.sactree.org. (916) 924-8733 ext. 122. Two locations: Folsom Park Library, 411 Stafford St., Folsom, 10:30 a.m.; or Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, 2 p.m.

Jan. 14: Pruning demonstration and workshop that tackles them all: Fruit trees, shade trees, shrubs and roses. Plus coffee and treats. Flower Hut Nursery, 603 Fourth St. and Hwy. 65, Wheatland. (530) 633-4526. 10 a.m.

Jan. 14 and 21: Seasonal and Japanese maple pruning clinic led by Dave Bushnell of Bushnell Gardens. Four sessions available for this popular clinic but call first to guarantee a seat; reservations required. Open to gardeners of all levels. Bushnell Gardens, 5255 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay. (916) 791-0756 or www.bushnellgardens.com. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. both Saturdays.

Jan. 21: Winter pruning workshop. Sacramento County master gardeners will demonstrate how to prune fruit trees for easier harvest as well as how to prune grape vines and blueberries. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. (916) 875-6913. 9 a.m.-noon.

Jan. 21: Eisley Nursery hands-on pruning clinic. Members of the Gold Coast Rose Society will give pruning pointers, then demonstrate on the nursery's bushes. Eisley Nursery, 380 Nevada St., Auburn. (530) 885-5163. Two sessions: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Jan. 28: Rose pruning demonstration presented by the Mother Lode Rose Society. Amador Senior Center Rose Garden, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. (530) 620-2200. 10 a.m.-noon.

Feb. 4: Sacramento Rose Society prune-a-thon. Beginners welcome; learn while helping prune more than 1,000 rose bushes. Bring pruners and gloves. Tool sharpening available for donation. (Rain date: Feb. 11.) McKinley Park Memorial Rose Garden, H and 33rd streets, Sacramento. (916) 799-6199. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Feb. 25: Open Garden Day. Sacramento County master gardeners will demonstrate how to prune shrubs and dormant fruit trees as well as how to groom ornamental grasses. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. (916) 875-6913. 9 a.m.-noon.

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