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Steve Gerischer, proprietor of Larkspur Garden Design, will address the prickly topic of rose pruning and how to keep your roses flourishing. After a brief introduction to the 'why', 'when', and 'how' of rose pruning, attendees will have the opportunity to hone their pruning technique when the class goes outdoors to prune a nearby rosebed. "This class will be a little different from previous workshops we've held," said Brenda Kanno, manager of the CSUN Botanic Garden. "This is a young collections of roses, planted just 2 years ago, and their annual maintenance will have a slightly different focus."
Participants are encouraged to bring a brimmed hat, sturdy gloves, and hand pruners so they can practice their rose pruning technique. Note: If heavy rain occurs, the program will be limited to the classroom portion of the workshop.
Gerischer lectures on a wide variety of horticultural topics. His busy schedule includes serving as president of the Southern California Horticultural Society and the Pacific Horticultural Society, teaching classes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Descanso Garden, and Fullerton Arboretum, as well as putting in an occasional appearance on HGTV, most notably on "Landscaper's Challenge."