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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

January 25, 2010 |  6:22 am

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must be fewer than 75 words and must be for one-time events with legitimate value to other readers. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. L.A. at Home staff will determine which submissions will be made public, but we won't edit the comments.

Jan. 26: Puay-peng Ho, director of the school of architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, lectures on "Poetic Milieu and Painterly Spirit: Associative Imageries in Chinese Gardens of the 16th Century." 7:30 p.m. Friends’ Hall at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. No reservations required.

Jan. 26: The winter Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer continues with a field trip to Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino hosted by Huntington gardens director Jim Folsom. The tour will stop at the Huntington’s Botanical Center, the interactive Conservatory for Botanical Science, Children’s Garden and Chinese Garden. A plant sale follows the tour. Registration required: (626) 821-4623; .

Jan. 30: Erik Knutzen, writer of the Homegrown Evolution blog, leads this workshop on building your own self-irrigating containers. 9 to 11 a.m. $45 to $55. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Jan. 30: Horticulturist Lili Singer will lecture on "The ABC’s of Native Plant Gardening," an introductory class sponsored by Nopalito Native Plant Nursery. 1 p.m. Calvary Christian Fellowship Church, 4221 E. Main St., Ventura. 1 p.m. Preregistration is $10; admission at the door is $15. (805) 844-7449.

Jan. 30: Gardening consultant Marta Teegan leads this workshop on composting at home using a two-bin method or worm composting. 1 to 2 p.m. $30. All classes are held in a rooftop kitchen garden in downtown Los Angeles.To register, send an e-mail with the name and date of the class to marta@homegrownlosangeles.com.

Jan. 30: Experts will exhibit and talk about the finest camellias at the Southern California Camellia Society Show. 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31. Van de Kamp Hall, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Free with regular admission of $3 to $8. (818) 949-4200.

Jan. 31: Christy Wilhelmi of the Gardenered will host a Spring Planting Workshop. Learn tricks for successful plant placement, healthy soil mixes and the best palaces to get great seed. 1 to 3 p.m. $40. To register, click here.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo of Descanso Gardens: Karen Tapia-Andersen/Los Angeles Times