How to solve the pruning dilemma

By From page B3 | March 05, 2014

Do you want your rose to cover a certain area, such as along a wall, a fence or upright in a trellis?

Do you find that your rosebush after the blooming season is a gnarly mess of crossing branches, too many canes and too many small canes? This doesn’t only look messy but the bush isn’t going to produce the best of roses.

The Mother Lode Rose Society is proud to have member Patrick Marshall, consulting rosarian and past president of the society speaking on “Pruning and Caring for Climbers” on Tuesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson.

Marshall will answer concerns on how and when to prune climbers.

Marshall’s first contact with roses was when he was 7 years old. His mother had roses in the backyard. Being a little boy who loved to play with trucks, he gradually removed the roses to make room for roads so he could play with his trucks.

When he was older and in the military, he was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo. He had a home there with a rose garden. With no idea how to prune, he did his best. Somehow, they survived.

After Marshall and his wife Sandy moved to Amador County, they joined the Mother Lode Rose Society. They have expanded their rose garden to include many climbers. Soon after, they knew a deer fence was needed.  The enclosed deer fence is a showplace of color with the many climbers.

Marshall became interested in pruning climbers when he watched his mentor, Doug Erickson meticulously pruning the climber “Golden Showers” at the senior center and climbers have now become a passion for Marshall as well as a challenge.

For more information call Elsina M. Dean, master rosarian, at 530-620-2200.

Abigail Wever

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