Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead
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Thursday: As part of Descanso Gardens' summer concert series "The Evolution of American Jazz," Robert Kyle performs Brazilian jazz under the trees. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Series runs Thursdays through July. Blankets and picnics (normally not allowed) are encouraged. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Included in regular garden admission of $3 to $8. (818) 949-2400.
Thursday: David MacLaren, curator of Asian gardens at the Huntington, will discuss the horticultural, aesthetic and philosophical differences between Japanese and Chinese gardens, with a particular focus on plants and pruning techniques. A sale will follow the program. 2:30 p.m. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. No reservations required. (626) 405-2100.
Saturday: Tree of Life Nursery offers “Replace Your Lawn” workshops every Saturday in July beginning at 9 a.m. Free. 33201 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. (949) 728-0685.July 8: Master gardener Marta Teegan will discuss and sign her new book "Homegrown," a guide for growing your own vegetables in easy-to-tend plots and spaces. 7 p.m. Vromans, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320.
Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors are invited to picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178. Tours continue through Oct. 23.
Butterfly pavilion: An interactive exhibition allows visitors to walk among native Southern California butterflies at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 1. Entry fee is $2 on top of regular garden admission of $4 to $8. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
L.A. Box Collective: A newly formed group of 12 Los Angeles-based furniture designers and makers committed to environmentally-conscious design and production show their latest works. Fifth Floor gallery, 502 Chung King Court, Chinatown. Ends Aug. 29. (213) 687-8443.
Rohlfs exhibition: The first major exhibition of furniture and decorative art by the American craftsman Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) features more than 40 pieces from 10 museums and private collections. Through Sept. 6. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo: Rosemary Barillas, 17, left, and Ivan Mateo, 17, of West Adams Preparatory High School of Los Angeles look at a chalcedon checkerspot at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's seasonal butterfly pavilion in Claremont. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.