The Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department is calling on gardening enthusiasts to help out with the annual A.C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden pruning event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.

The A.C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden, in Mission Historical Park across from the Santa Barbara Mission, contains more than 1,500 rose bushes and is maintained throughout the year by Parks and Recreation staff and members of the Santa Barbara Rose Society.

“The timeless beauty of the roses are nothing without the care and dedication from all of our volunteers,” said parks supervisor Ramiro Arroyo. “Every year there are comments made about how magnificent the roses look when they bloom after each pruning, and every year we think they look better than the year before.”

Training and refreshments will be provided at the event. Volunteers should bring a pair of garden gloves and pruning shears. The rose garden is on Plaza Rubio between Laguna Street and Emerson Avenue. Direct questions to Ramiro Arroyo at the Parks Division, 805-897-1917.

To learn more about rose pruning, arrive early to the Jan. 11 event for a lesson, and attend a talk by Rose Society member Denise Speer, 2 p.m. Jan. 5. at the Santa Barbara Central Library.

— Summers Case for city of Santa Barbara.