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Prune back your rose bushes now, for beautiful spring blooms

Roses need tending now to produce beautiful blooms, such as this David Austin English rose, Ambridge.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

January is the month for tending roses in Southern California, if you want a healthy crop of colorful blooms come spring. Here are a few of the many options for classes in rose pruning and care:

Rose Pruning 101

When: 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 6

Where: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

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Cost: $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Info: Rose Pruning 101

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Rose pruning and planting classes

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When: 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 6, Jan. 13

Where: All Armstrong Garden Centers in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties

Cost: Free

Info: Armstrong Garden Center locator

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South Coast Rose Society pruning demonstration

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 7

Where: South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes

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Cost: Free with $9 admission ($6 seniors/students) to garden

Info: South Coast Rose Society

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Rose pruning demonstrations

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When: 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 7. (Rain date, Jan. 14)

Where: UC Riverside Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Gardens Drive, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside

Cost: Free with donation to garden

Info: UCR Botanic Garden

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Successful Roses for spring pruning and care class

Cost: Free

When: 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 13

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Where: Rogers Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar

Info: Rogers Gardens

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Pruning roses, herbs, grasses, morea, bird of paradise and native plants

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When: 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 20

Where: Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton

Cost: $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers

Info: Fullerton Arboretum

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