Welcome to Garden Gate! Who among us hasn’t coveted a neighbor’s arbor bejeweled with clematis blooms or dreamed about having our own rose garden? If this sounds familiar, you’ll want to check out two stories in this issue. Clematis, on p. 12, will show you everything you need to know to have gor- geous clematis in your own garden. It all starts with knowing which pruning group your clematis falls into. Sound complicated? It won’t be after you read our story. Then on p. 26 you’ll find out that pruning roses isn’t as “thorny” an issue as you may think!