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Help The Rose Garden—Join The Prune-A-Thon

Here’s a note from Friends of East Sacramento regarding a Volunteer Opportunity.

Thanks so much to all of you for your volunteer help in keeping McKinley Park clean and beautiful.

We wanted to let you know that our next volunteer day will be Saturday, January 9, from 9 am to noon in the McKinley Rose Garden. (At H and 33rd Streets)  

It will be our annual prune-a-thon of the rose garden.  No experience is required as expert rosarians will be there to teach volunteers how to prune. Help will also be needed in removing the rose bush trimmings, raking where needed in the garden, and pruning the bushes around the garden.

At 8:45 a.m., courtesy of East Sacramento Hardware, Stanley Spencer of Stanley’s Perfect Edge, a professional knife sharpener will be at the garden to sharpen clippers volunteers bring.  This will be done on a first-come first-served basis.

Coffee will be provided in the morning and as a special treat, after the prune-a-thon, we will have a hot soup lunch for the volunteers from the restaurant Evan’s Kitchen.  This year’s lunch will be sponsored by East Sac Give Back.

If you have garden clippers or rakes that you could bring with you that would be a big help.  Also, please bring your garden gloves, dress warmly and be sure to wear closed toed shoes.

R.S.V.P.s are requested, though drop-in help will also be appreciated.

The check in will be at the benches in the garden, which is at the corner of H and 33rd Streets. Come and help for as long as you can.

Because the majority of the roses are newer cultivars with patent protection, we are sorry that rose cuttings will not be available this year.  Rose petal collection is allowed after the prune-a-thon to participating volunteers.

Again, thank all of you for your all your help in McKinley Park.  We wish you a very Happy New Year.

Much thanks and warm regards,

Friends of East Sacramento

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