Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead


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April 20: The Garden Conservancy hosts Stephen Orr, who will discuss innovative and responsible approaches to gardening detailed in his new book “Tomorrow’s Garden.” 6 p.m. reception, book sale and signing followed by a lecture at 7 p.m. Wilshire Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne, Los Angeles. $35.


April 21: Lili Singer lecture series at the Los Angeles County Arboretum continues with a self-driven visit to Elmer Avenue in Sun Valley, the first “Green Street” in Los Angeles to use vegetated bio-swales and an infiltration gallery under a street to infiltrate storm water. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Pre-registration required: (626) 821-4623.

April 23: Frank McDonough, botanical information consultant, leads “Around the World in 127 Acres: A Look at the Arboretum’s Truly Cosmopolitan Plant Collections.” This week’s focus will be on ants and their impact on the arboretum’s collection. 1:30 to 3 p.m. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $5 to $7. (626) 821-3222.

April 23: To celebrate California Native Plant Week, Jim Henrich, the arboretum’s curator of living collections, gives a guided tour, explaining the natural history of the Engelmann oak grove. 10 to 11 a.m. Tram space is limited, so seating will be on a first -come, first-served basis. Walkers are welcome to join the talk at the grove. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Free with admission of $3 to $8. (626) 821-3222.

April 23: The L.A. County Department of Public Works presents a SmartGardening workshop for beginners in composting, grasscycling, and water-wise and fire-wise gardening. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. (626) 405-2125; 888-CLEANLA.

April 23: The annual wildflower show and native plant sale sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants includes a symposium. Speakers include Lili Singer on ‘The Joys of Gardening with Native Plants,’ 9:30 to 11a.m.; James Kenney on ‘Wildflowers and Landscapes of the Santa Monica Mountains,’ 11:30 to 1 p.m. and Cassy Aoyagi on ‘Water Conservation Gardening with Natives,’ 2 to 3:30 p.m. The show runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. (818) 784-5180.

April 23: Grandifloras, hybrid teas, floribundas, miniatures and new and old varieties will be displayed by the Pacific Rose Society. Members answer questions on cultural care. Shrubs of miniature and larger varieties, as well as cut flowers, will be on sale both days. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Free with admission of $3 to $8. (626) 821-3222.

April 23: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, shown above, celebrates California’s Native Plant Week with a wildflower show and free walking tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and free tram tours at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Free with admission of $4 to $8. (909) 625-8767.

ONGOING Ackerman, Aguiñiga: “A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman” includes examples of ceramics, tile mosaics, wood carvings, textiles and other crafts from the Culver City couple. “Crossing the Line: A Space by Tanya Aguiñiga,” is a site-specific structure made by the artist best known for felted furniture. Ends May 8. $5 to $7. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.

Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, allows visitors to picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. $5. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Ceramics: The work of resident artists includes hundreds of handmade mugs and bowls, most $15 to $50. Ends April 30. Clayhouse Studio & Gallery, 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-7071.

Installation: Architect Barbara Bestor creates a temporary disco installation in the Southern California Institute of Architecture gallery, open through May 15. DJ disco dance party held in conjunction with the installation is scheduled for April 22. 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Showhouse: More than 20 interior and exterior designers will transform a 1927 Paul Williams-designed English Period Revival estate in La Canada Flintridge for this year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Parking for the event will be at the Rose Bowl. Not handicapped accessible. No children under 12 permitted. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Closed Mondays. $30 to $40. Ends May 15. (714) 442-3872.

Wexler show: “Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler” is a survey of drawings, photographs and models by the noted architect. They are augmented by professional photographs and new models fabricated by Cal Poly students, including a full-scale sectional steel model illustrating the prefabrication system that Wexler used in his steel houses. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ends May 29. $5 to $12.50. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs.(760) 322-4800.

-- Lisa Boone