Sold Out: Roses are a Celebration! Starting Right with Organic Rose Growing

Roses, arguably the "Queen of Flowers," can be finicky, but persistence pays off! This class will be a lively, interactive demonstration/discussion on growing roses in the home garden. Appropriate whether you intend to grow one, 10, or 100 roses, for while scale matters, the basics are the same. Visualize yourself in your future spring/summer garden, picking and choosing color combinations from a plethora of blooms - it all starts now, in the dead of winter.

This hands-on workshop will cover:

  • Site selection and soil improvement factors
  • Selecting roses: types and varieties and their features, including David Austins, Hybrid teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras, and Rugosa
  • Getting started in the garden: Soil prep and planting, post-planting care, and initial pruning
  • The yearly care cycle: an almanac of rose care throughout the calendar year: what do and when to do it
  • Irrigation
  • Pruning
  • Pests and diseases: strategies and troubleshooting
  • Fertilizer overview and timing of applications
  • DIY: propagating roses from cuttings

Led by our own experienced rose grower and organic gardening instructor Orin Martin, this workshop takes place in the historic Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz. Admission to the workshop includes a free copy of the 40 page Rose Primer - An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop. Email accommodation requests to

Presented by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden. Members receive a 10% discount on workshop cost. Learn more about becoming a member and sign up at

Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

Alan Chadwick Garden
239 McLaughlin Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students



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