Workshops on winter pruning of roses scheduled for Thursday

Gardeners from the Parks and Recreation Department will host two workshops on Thursday to teach residents how to winter-prune roses to prepare their own rose bushes for maximum color this spring.

Following hands-on demonstrations, participants will spend the remainder of the session practicing winter-pruning techniques on the hybrid tea, grandiflora, climbing and floribunda roses within the garden.

Proper winter-pruning is as much a skill as it is an art. The city's rose experts will share tips and techniques on rose pruning methods at the Victoria Memorial Rose Garden in Riverside Park. The workshops will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring their own bypass hand pruner, gloves and a beverage. Those attending are advised to wear long-sleeved clothing to protect themselves from thorns.

The Memorial Rose Garden is wheelchair accessible.

In the event of extreme weather conditions, the workshop will be rescheduled for a later date.

Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 351-485-3200 for reservations. Space is limited.