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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

September 21, 2009 |  6:01 am

Brenneman We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must be fewer than 50 words and must be for one-time events with legitimate value to other readers. No store promotions, no frivolous links, please. L.A. at Home staff will determine which submissions will be made public, but we will not be editing the postings.

Sept. 22: Conservation biologist William McNamara presents a slide-lecture on his annual treks into the mountains of China, Japan and India in search of unusual plants. Part of the Chinese Garden Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. Free. No reservations required. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Sept. 24: Otis College of Art and Design hosts the principals of New York-based architecture firm Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis in the lecture “Design Trajectory: A Lecture on Interior Architecture.” 7 p.m. Reception 8:30 p.m. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 665-6867.

Sept. 24: Learn how to decrease reliance on commercially generated electricity with UCLA Extension’s Solar Energy Solution series, “Harnessing Solar Power in the Home and Office” and “How to Develop a Working Solar System.” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 29. $425. La Kretz Hall Room 110, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-4100.

Sept. 24: The fall Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series debuts with “Garden Design Fundamentals with Laramee Haynes.” Learn how a professional arranges and showcases native plants, using sight lines and proper spacing. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Sept. 26: Landscape designer Anne Phillips, whose delightful children's garden for actress Amy Brenneman (pictured above) was profiled here, leads two basic classes: an overview of irrigation, garden design and maintenance, 9:30 to 11a.m., $30; and an organic vegetable gardening and cooking class, 3:30 to 5 p.m. $35. 6201 Orion Ave., Van Nuys. Reservations: (818) 755-4647.

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Sept. 26: Descanso Gardens display horticulturist Rachel Young leads a class on how to make, plant and care for seed balls using clay and compost. Seed balls are an easy way to plant wildflowers without disturbing the soil ecology. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $15 to $20. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La  Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Sept. 26: Families are invited to spend an evening at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens exploring the universe through telescopes courtesy of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Rare astronomy displays in Dibner Hall of the History of Science also will be open for viewing. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128.

Sept. 26: Botanist Caitlin Bergman, who works at the Los Angeles County Arboretum’s organic vegetable garden, leads this class on the key components of permaculture. Topics include composting in place and soil contouring to replenish nutrients and reduce irrigation. 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. $22 to $25. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Pre-registration required: (626) 821-4623 or e-mail jill.berry@arboretum.org.

Sept. 26: Landscape designer Marta Teegan of Homegrown Los Angeles leads a class on container gardening. Learn about types of containers, the right soil, when to plant which seedlings and how best to deal with problems such as too much or too little sunlight. Students will plant potted salad gardens. 10 a.m. to noon. Repeats Oct. 10. $65. Pot-ted, 3158 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village. Registration required: marta@homegrownlosangeles.com.

Sept. 26: Vegetable gardening: UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County will show how to harvest throughout the cool season in “Grow It Now: Cool Season Vegetables.” 10 a.m. to noon. Orange County Great Park Preview Park. Farm & Food Lab, located off Interstate 5, Sand Canyon Avenue exit, in Irvine. (949) 724-7420.

Ongoing: “Harrison McIntosh: A Timeless Legacy.” American Museum of Ceramic Art presents this retrospective on Harrison’s beautifully crafted pottery and sculpture. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, through Jan. 9. $2 to $3. 340 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times