Magazine article Sunset

Onward and Upward

Magazine article Sunset

Onward and Upward

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Sunset's monthly garden checklist made its first appearance in our March 1939 issue. For nearly 60 years, gardeners have looked to these pages for instruction and inspiration on keeping their gardens healthy and abundant.

From the February 1940 Northwest edition, we read: 'A February mild spell tempts the average gardener to prune his roses as soon as he sees that the buds are beginning to swell. If there's going to be an early spring, early pruning is permissible. If there's going to be more cold weather, the new growth will be damaged and will seriously cripple the 1940 bloom crop. Play safe and wait till the end of March to prune roses."

This advice is as good today as when it was first written. But the checklist has changed in some ways over time-for example, there once were no climate zone maps. The Sunset zones first appeared in 1954, after much research by Sunset's garden staff in collaboration with the University of California and the National Weather Service. Our zones were revised and expanded in 1967 and have become the gold standard of Western gardening.

This month, Sunset's garden checklist for the Northwest edition has this advice on pruning roses: "Zones 4-7: George Washington's birthday is the traditional time for pruning roses. …

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