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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

August 9, 2010 |  6:00 am

Tilliansia 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: Connie Vadheim will discuss water-wise gardening as part of the series “Out of the Wilds and Into Your Garden.” Native plants that thrive in dry shade will be featured. Classes include a walk in the Madrona Native Plant Gardens, where students can see the featured plants. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10. Free. Madrona Marsh Nature Center, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance. (310) 782-3989.

Thursday: Dylan Hannon, curator of conservatory collections for the Huntington Botanical Gardens, will lecture on wildflowers, cactuses and the natural history of the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Sponsored by the Southern California Horticultural Society. 7:30 p.m. $5. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 567-1496.

Thursday: Jennifer McGarigle leads a class on simple modern arrangements in her Floral Art showroom. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $150; participants will take home an arrangement that Floral Art values at $125. 1338 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Reservations required: (310) 392-1633.

Thursday: Paul Isley of Rainforest Flora in Torrance will discuss tillandsias, better known as air plants, pictured above. 2:30 p.m.Free. No reservations required. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Thursday: Descanso Gardens' summer concert series “The Evolution of American Jazz” ends with a show 5:30 to 7 p.m. Blankets and picnics (normally not allowed) are encouraged. Included in regular garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-2400.

Saturday and Sunday: Hundreds of plants will be on display at the annual intercity show sponsored by the Cactus and Succulent Societies of Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Gabriel Valley. Exotic plants typically found in deserts, jungles and mountain highlands will be featured. Seminars will cover how to grow cactuses and succulents and how to landscape with drought-resistant plants. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Included with admission of $3 to $8 to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 350 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Saturday: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden continues its California native plant workshops for beginners with Susan Jett speaking on plant selection and maintenance.  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $48 to $60. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767; www.rsabg.org.

ONGOING

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, through Oct. 23. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Design biennial: The Pasadena Museum of California Art's fourth California Design Biennial, titled “Action/Reaction,” will highlight work in industrial design, fashion, graphics, transportation and architecture. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 1. $5 to $7. 490 E. Union St. (626) 568-3665.

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. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed Tuesdays. Through Sept. 6. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Modern design: “Technorganic: Evolutionary Art and Design,” an exhibition of artworks and mass-produced designs by Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Ends Aug. 29. Objct Gallery, 536 W. 1st St., Claremont. (909) 621-0125.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Joyce Marshall

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