▪ MASTER GARDENER PRUNING & GRAFTING WORKSHOP
Where: Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, Fair Oaks Park, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks
When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
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Sacramento County master gardeners demonstrate how to prune fruit trees, grape vines, cane berries, blueberries and roses including heritage shrub varieties. Also, learn grafting techniques and how to espalier – training a tree or shrub to grow along a wall. The 2015 Master Gardener calendar and growing guide ($10) also will be available at this event.
▪ NATOMAS ROSE GARDEN PRUNING
Where: Natomas Rose Garden (next to South Natomas Community Center), 2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento
When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and next Saturday
Details: (916) 359-7411, www.natomasrosegarden.org
This is a hands-on opportunity to learn while doing. Help the garden’s volunteers get this public garden into winter shape.
▪ QUICK ROSE PRUNE DEMONSTRATION
Where: Southport School’s World Peace Rose Garden, 2747 Linden Road, West Sacramento
When: 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday
Details: (916) 381-5433, www.WorldPeaceRoseGardens.org
TJ David, co-creator of the International World Peace Rose Gardens (including the one at Capitol Park), demonstrates his three-step quick rose prune method at Southport School’s rose garden. David’s method maximizes bloom while cutting down on work.
▪ PRUNING 101
Where: Green Acres, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento; 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; and 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
This one-hour workshop covers the major points of pruning roses, fruit trees and shrubs.
▪ HOW TO PRUNE CLIMBING ROSES
Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
When: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday; rain date, 9 a.m. Sunday
The City Cemetery’s Heritage Rose Group, caretakers of the site’s renowned old garden roses, hosts two special classes devoted to tackling climbing roses. Leading these free workshops will be one of the best in the field: Stephen Scanniello, president of Heritage Rose Foundation and curator of the New York Botanical Garden’s Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Scanniello also is the author of many rose books, including the go-to reference guide “Climbing Roses” (MacMillan, 1994).
▪ NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HOME & LANDSCAPE EXPO
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento
When: Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. next Saturday and Jan. 25
Admission: $7; children age 12 and younger admitted free; Friday only senior special, $2 (ages 60-plus); parking, $10
This gigantic home and garden show returns to Cal Expo with hundreds of vendors, lots of workshops and deals galore.