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Make your own rose bushes from City Cemetery collection

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Propagation workshop teaches how to root rose cuttings; take some home, too

The Dorothy Perkins rose is an early rambler that loves to
climb. (Photo: Debbie

Have you ever wanted to get cuttings from the Heritage Rose Garden at Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery? Here's your chance -- and you'll learn an important gardening skill, too.

Saturday morning, rose garden volunteers will offer a hands-on propagation workshop. It's a two-hour course in growing roses from cuttings, a basic form of "cloning" varieties. In the case of these rare Victorian-era roses in the cemetery's world famous collection, it's the only way to get another bush.

Participants will learn how to select the best plant material, prepare the cuttings and root them via the terrarium method. Volunteers also will offer advice on how to turn those cuttings into mature healthy bushes ready to be planted in the garden.

Besides gaining all that knowledge, participants get a chance to take and "stick" a few cuttings of their own to bring home.

This special workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. It's free, but donations are welcome. Proceeds support the rose garden, recognized among the best collections of old garden roses in the world.

Participants should bring their own garden gloves; street parking is available. For more details: .


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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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