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Learn Baldo's rose secrets at workshop

Master rosarian Baldo Villegas shows off one of his winning roses,
Candy Land. He'll offer his tips on quick pruning and rose care during
the Sierra Foothills Rose Society winter workshop.
(Photo courtesy Baldo Villegas)

See how to prune a big bush in three minutes or less

Want to learn how to prune a rose in three minutes or less? Here’s your chance – while staying warm and dry.

On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Sierra Foothills Rose Society hosts its annual winter rose care workshop. Unlike most January pruning workshops, this free event will be held indoors at Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville.

Come for as much or as little of this half-day seminar as you like. It’s a great refresher for experienced gardeners as well as a valuable introduction to new rose growers. Registration and refreshments start the morning at 8:30 a.m. with the program under way at 9 a.m.

Renowned master rosarian Baldo Villegas, who grows roses by the thousands, will demonstrate his time-saving techniques including his three-minute method. From 9 to 10:45 a.m., he’ll be assisted by other club members as they show how to prune all kinds of roses and answer questions.

At 10:45 a.m., the workshop will cover how to use roses in the landscape, including bushes for small spaces and companion planting. At 11:45 a.m., Villegas – a retired state entomologist – will lead a Q&A on controlling pests and disease.

The club wraps up its rose workshop with a chili cook-off at 12:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to stay for lunch.

“When you leave, you will confidently prune your roses,” promise the organizers. Free pruner sharpening will be offered, too.

Details: or email Charlotte Owendyk at .


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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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