January is a great time for gardeners to brush up on their skills with classes in plant care and pruning. And you can meet new gardeners at the big plant swap in Cerritos at the end of the month.
If there’s a plant-related class or event you’d like us to mention, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org — with plenty of advance notice, please — and we may include it. For other rose pruning demos check out this list. Here’s the latest:
Sunday, Jan. 20
Tree-fruit pruning and care
Day one of the Fruitstitute’s two-day Pruning Masterclass at the Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St. in Montecito Heights. Instructor Joanna Glovinsky explains year-round pruning and care of deciduous fruit trees, such as apples, apricots, cherries, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must attend the Jan. 20 class to go to the second class Feb. 3. Fee is $45 for one class, $75 for both. Sign up for the classes here. figearthsupply.com
Saturday, Jan. 26
Give — and take — a variety of cactus, succulents and many other plants and produce at the January 2019 Plant Trade for the Plant Traders of Los Angeles and the OC Garden Trading Community at the Cerritos Sports Complex, 19900 Bloomfield Ave. in Cerritos. The event is simple, says one of the administrators, Jasmin De La Peña. Participants should arrive by 9:30 a.m., put out the small plants or cuttings they want to share and then look around to see what they want to take. The trading begins at 10 a.m. There’s also a free raffle of donated items, including unusual plants and gently used garden tools, says De La Peña. “It’s like a community. You get to talk to people about gardening, and it’s really fun.” Find out more on the group’s Facebook page, which has more than 600 members.
At least four other public plant trading organizations meet in Southern California, but the etiquette and rules can change from group to group, so do some research before you go. SoCo Plant Share meets the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in Long Beach. The Coastkeeper Garden Share meets the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Coastkeeper Natural Play Garden in Orange. The Community Plant Share meets at the Cypress Community Center in Cypress at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month. And the Plant Traders Inland Empire Ca Garden and Harvest Trading Community meets at various times and places around Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Next meeting is Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in Riverside.
Saturday-Sunday Jan. 26-27
Learn how to prune your roses at Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in Rancho Dominguez, which tends one of the oldest rose gardens in the South Bay. The free workshops will provide water, lunch, a succulent plant and a goodie bag to all participants, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at the museum’s rose garden, 18127 South Alameda St. Find out more on the museum’s Facebook page.