Learn pruning from the masters

  • Laelia superbiens are displayed at the New York Botanical Gardens in New York, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The botanical gardens will open their annual orchid show to the public on March 2, 2013 (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are offering a series of free workshops today to help you master the art of pruning. All workshops are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit sonomamastergardeners.org or call 565-2608.

Rohnert Park/Cotati: All About Pruning Roses: Ellen Swenson will cover the pruning process from tools to techniques for pruning all types of roses, ranging from hybrid teas and floribundas to grandifloras, climbers, standards, shrubs and old species roses. Rohnert Park/Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynn Conde Way, Rohnert Park.

Sebastopol: Pruning Fruit Trees, Maintaining Your Backyard Orchard: Denny Pedersen will discuss how to prune for great fruit and healthy, beautiful trees, whether you have one tree or a grove. The workshop will offer a step-by-step guide for tree maintenance, as well as tools and how to use them, when to prune and what cuts to make. Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave.

Windsor: Care and Pruning of Fruit Trees: Brian Healey will conduct a class for fruit lovers. He will begin with selecting the best varieties of fruit trees for Sonoma County, as well as selecting the right site and planting. For more information, call 565-2608.

Santa Rosa: Travel writer Yvonne Horn returns to the Rincon Valley Library today to give a show-and-tell presentation on great gardens throughout the world that could exist nowhere else but where they are.

The talk is the second chapter in a series, "Exploring the World one Garden at a Time." The Powerpoint presentation focuses on exceptional gardens, the stories behind them and the passions of the people who created them. The talk is at 2 p.m. and is free. 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. For more information, call 537-0162.

You can direct Home and Garden news to Meg.McConahey@pressdemocrat.com or call 521-5204.

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