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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

February 22, 2010 |  6:00 am

Helioshouse

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Feb. 24: Monica Ponce de Leon gives a lecture titled “Approximations.” She is principal of Office dA, the firm best known in Los Angeles for its green design of Helios House, shown above, a sustainable gas station at Olympic and Robertson boulevards. 7 p.m. Free. Southern California Institute of Architecture, 960 3rd Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Feb. 25: Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer continues with the Los Angeles County Arboretum’s curator of living collections, Jim Henrich, who will discuss “Three Tantalizing Taxa.” The morning ends with a tour of the orchid collection, with details on its diversity and acquisition protocols. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Pre-registration required: (626) 821-4623.

Feb. 26: David White, executive director of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture in Ojai, will discuss permaculture. 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the SBCC West Campus, Fe Bland Auditorium, 721 Cliff Drive. $12. Co-sponsors: Santa Barbara Community College’s Center for Sustainability and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. (805) 962-2571, margie@sbpermaculture.org.

Bonsai Feb. 27: Internationally recognized bonsai masters will share their art form in the Bonsai-a-Thon, which includes exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a “bonsai bazaar,” and a live auction at 3 p.m. each day. Bonsai workshops for both adults ($30 to $40) and children 7 to 12 ($20 to $25) will be offered Saturday with advanced registration: (626) 405-2128. Bonsai-a-Thon is free with general admission of $6 to $20. Feb. 27-28, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Feb. 27: Former irrigation designer and landscape contractor Bob Galbreath leads this class on drip irrigation. Session covers equipment, design and maintenance. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $25 to $35. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Feb. 27: Learn how to transform your yard into a landscape that mimics nature and provides food in “Transforming a Residential Lot With the Design Techniques of Permaculture.” A morning in the classroom will be followed by an afternoon outdoors practicing techniques. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 to $25. Co-sponsored by Santa Barbara Community College’s Center for Sustainability and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. A part of the SBCC Continuing Education Division. Registration required: www.sbcc.edu/AdultEd

Feb. 27: Descanso Gardens’ Wayne Walker guides flower fanciers into the forests of Camellia sansanqua. 2 p.m. Included in regular gardens admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Feb. 27: Rosarium horticulturist Amanda Everett, who cares for more than 3,000 rose plants at Descanso Gardens, will discuss the basics of cultivating healthy roses and how to combine organic and conventional methods. 9 to 11:30 a.m. $24 to $28. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Feb. 28: Eric Haskell, professor of French studies and humanities at Scripps College in Claremont, will discuss and sign copies of his book, “The Gardens of Brécy: A Lasting Landscape.” 2 p.m. Free. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Feb. 28: Learn about the history of Rancho Santa Anita with Mitchell Hearns Bishop, curator of the historic section of the Los Angeles County Arboretum. The landscape encapsulates Southern California in one location, from prehistory to citrus growing and postwar life. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Included in general admission of $3 to $8. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

-- Lisa Boone

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Photo credits from top: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times; The Huntington

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