by Charlene Burgi
I was going to talk about winterizing your garden tools, then thought of the holiday season and the ever-growing list of things to do. So save the linseed oil that lubricates the wooden-handled tools; keep the whetstone handy for sharpening the kitchen knives instead of the edges of trowels, shovels and pruning sheers; hold off disinfecting with a non-bleach solution tools that came in contact with the earth; and save the old turkey baster to remove used gasoline from gas-powered engines that won’t be used this winter. After all, there is winter pruning that must be tackled before putting tools to rest.
If you are looking for something to do after New Year’s Day, save this date. The Marin Rose Society will hold a free rose pruning seminar on Saturday, January 2, 2010 in the rose garden at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. The seminar will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Consulting rosarians and members of the Marin Rose Society will show correct pruning techniques for all varieties of roses and will also address proper tools to use.
The event is a kick-off to the society’s second annual rose pruning in private gardens fundraising event, which will begin the following week. If you are interested in having your roses pruned by the experts, call Florence Taylor (454-3870) or Dorothy Arnold (453-4036) to make a reservation.
For landscape professionals: The Bay-Friendly Landscape Program has a few more openings for the annual seven-week course, which starts February 3. This course will prepare you for the Bay-Friendly Landscape Certification. To register, please contact Gina Purin at (415) 499-3202.