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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

March 22, 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.

Tuesday: Amelia Peck, curator in the American Decorative Arts department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will give an illustrated lecture titled, "A New Look at Old Rooms: The Renovation of the American Period Rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Tuesday, 7 p.m. $15 to $20; free for students with ID. Brown Auditorium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations: Call (323) 857-6528 or e-mail decartscouncil@lacma.org.

Wednesday: Architect Michael Kubo traces the influence of architectural publishing and the books produced by architects and critics in the past century. Part of the Southern California Institute of Architecture spring lecture series. Wednesday, 7 p.m. W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, SCI-Arc, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Wednesday: Nurseryman Steve Goto shares his top 25 tomato picks for 2010 in his annual “Great Tomato Sale & Talk.” Learn tricks to planting and harvesting. Sale follows. Wednesday, 10 a.m. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. (626) 821-4623.

Wednesday: The Los Angeles Conservancy and the Cultural Landscape Foundation present a panel discussion on History and Preservation of 1960s Landscapes.  Charles A. Birnbaum, founder of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, and architectural historian Alan Hess lead the talk, part of the conservancy’s “The Sixties Turn 50” campaign. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 S. Aviation Blvd., Westchester. $20. Reservations required.

Thursday: Curator of historic collections Mitchell Hearns Bishop will describe the succession of crops and livestock raised on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and will share historic photographs and agricultural equipment. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer lecture series. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: Certified nurseryman Marc Hall leads a class on how to grow strawberries, blueberries and cranberries. Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. $22 to $25. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Reservations: (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants holds its annual Poppy Day and spring sale with discounts of 10% to 15%. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. Free. (818) 768-1802.

Saturday: Learn how to create an organic, edible garden in this three-part series led by Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, authors of “The Urban Homestead.” 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 3 and April 10. The class will cover planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting. $130 to $145. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday and Sunday: The California Bonsai Society presents its 53rd annual show featuring more than 100 specimens created by bonsai masters. Traditional trees such as Japanese black pine and California juniper will be displayed alongside examples of non-traditional bonsai. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.  (626) 405-2128.

-- Lisa Boone

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