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Time Is Right for Learning How to Prune Roses, Trees

January is the time to prune roses and deciduous fruit trees. Inland gardeners usually wait until Jan. 15 to begin, so a February frost will not damage new growth; near the coast you can begin now.

The best way to learn how to prune is to attend a demonstration, such as those listed here:

Today, at 1 and 3 p.m., free basic rose-pruning demonstrations by garden curator Clair Martin in the rose garden (in case of rain, on the Garden Terrace of the Pavilion), at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.

Sunday, at 2 p.m., a rose-pruning lecture and demonstration at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula; (213) 377-0468.

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Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon, “Pruning Basics,” a class at the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Fee $16. To register, call (818) 446-8251.

Next Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., a rose-pruning demonstration at the Fullerton Arboretum, Yorba Linda Boulevard and Associated Road. Free.

Next Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Pacific Rose Society holds ongoing pruning demonstrations at the Tournament of Roses Assn. garden, 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Free.

Next Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., a rose-pruning demonstration at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. (818) 790-5571.

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Next Saturday, at 9:30 a.m., a rose-pruning demonstration at the Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, (714) 673-2261. Free.

Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., a fruit-tree- pruning demonstration at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Glendale’s annual Rose Pruning and Garden Show includes seminars on pruning and caring for roses and fruit trees, plus a bare-root-planting demonstration and a vendors’ show. At the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Free.

Jan. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., fruit- tree-pruning demonstration at the Fullerton Arboretum, Yorba Linda Boulevard and Associated Road. Free.

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(Admission to Descanso, South Coast and other county gardens is $3 for adults, $1.50 for seniors 62 and older and students with ID, and 75 cents for children 5-12.)


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