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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

February 8, 2010 |  6:00 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.

Feb. 10: Michel Rojkind Halpert, principal of Rojkind Arquitectos in Mexico City, discusses the challenges of building during tough economic times in the SCI-Arc lecture series. 7 p.m. Free. 960 3rd Ave., downtown Los Angeles. Free. (213) 613-2200.
Feb. 11: The Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer continues with Jerry Turney, plant pathologist for the department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures for the County of Los Angeles, who will discuss common landscape diseases. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration: (626) 821-4623.

Feb. 11: Luther Burbank: Jane S. Smith will discuss her book “The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants.” 7:30 p.m. $5. Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. www.socalhort.org.

Feb. 11: Melanie Robinson, principal and director of KAA Design Group’s Brand Experience Studio, moderates a discussion with architect Grant Kirkpatrick, landscape designer Jerry Williams and interior designer Chris Barrett on how to work more effectively and collaboratively with artists of various disciplines. 11 a.m. Reception to follow. Free. Conference Center, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. RSVP: (323) 966-4600.

Feb. 12: Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena of Escher GuneWardena Architecture (who designed the Glassell Park home shown above and profiled here) speak as part of Locals Only lecture series devoted to progressive architecture. 6:30 p.m. Free. Woodbury University School of Architecture, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. (818) 252-5121.

Camellias Feb. 13: Participants from around Los Angeles will display prize-winning blooms at the 38th annual Camellia Show. Experts will be on hand to discuss camellia care and cultivation and to demonstrate pruning, disbudding, grafting and other techniques. Plants will be available for sale. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Free with regular admission of $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Feb. 13: Ted Tegart, youth education coordinator of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, leads a family tour. Come early as space is limited to 25. Tour runs rain or shine. 10 a.m. to noon. Free with regular admission of $3 to $8. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Feb. 13: Become a better native plant gardener in this casual question-and-answer session with staff of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $10 to $15. 10459 Tuxford Road, Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Feb. 13: A two-part class on the medicinal uses of California native flora discusses the plants and why they are effective. Part 1 includes a photographic presentation and plant descriptions. Part 2 on Feb. 27 moves outside where participants collect plants and prepare them for use. Led by Cecilia Garcia, Chumash healer, and James D. Adams, Jr., associate professor at USC School of Pharmacology, co-authors of “Healing With Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use.” Both classes run 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $60 to $80. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford Road, Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Feb. 14: The Los Angeles Mycological Society presents the annual Wild Mushroom Fair. The event includes demonstrations on how to grow and cook mushrooms, guest speaker and display with mushroom identification. Professional mycologists will be on site for consultation and identification. Participants are encouraged to bring their finds. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with regular admission of $3 to $8. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

-- Lisa Boone

Photos: Erin Wright and Joe Sola's house photographed by Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times; a bloom on Camellia japonica at the Huntington Botanical Gardens photographed by Stefano Paltera / For The Times