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Home front: Fruit tree pruning workshop, orchid show and sale

Also: Get tips from the Master Gardeners on winter rose care

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a fruit tree pruning class and a show and sale featuring hundreds of orchids.

FRUIT TREE PRUNING ... Get tips on proper pruning for fruit trees with a hands-on workshop on Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. at Hidden Villa. Tom Cronin, of Tom's Edible Gardens, leads this class, which will focus on how to improve trees' health and maximize the yield of fruit. Topics covered include pruning objectives and techniques and the best tools for the job, and participants will get to try their hand pruning the fruit trees in Hidden Villa's educational garden. Class fee is $30. Hidden Villa is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. For more information, call 650-949-8650, or register online at hiddenvilla.org.

ORCHID SHOW AND SALE ... See hundreds of unusual orchids, find inspiration and maybe some beautiful new plants for your collection at the Peninsula Orchid Society Show and Sale, which will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Redwood City Community Activities Building. The event includes a judged show, seminars by local experts, and plant sales by California orchid nurseries and club members. Admission is $7, free to children under 12. The Community Activities Building is located at 1400 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City. For more information, contact peninsulaorchid@gmail.com or visit penorchidsoc.org/.

WINTER ROSE CARE ... Prepare your roses for beautiful blooms in the spring and summer by taking on some less glamorous but important tasks now. UC Master Gardener Paula Larkin will share techniques on winter rose care on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library. Learn how to prune, fertilize and mulch your roses and find out ways to reduce diseases that affect the plants. The library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. For more information, call 408-282-3105, or visit mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu/events.

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