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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

September 20, 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: Ina Asim, associate professor of history at the University of Oregon, will give a slide-lecture on the elements of style and the variations found in the gardens of Suzhou, Yangzhou, Sichuan, and Lingnan. 7:30 p.m. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. No reservations required. (626) 405-2100.

Thursday-Sunday: “Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies VIII: Style & Whimsy in the Sustainable Garden,” co-sponsored by Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Assn. of Professional Landscape Designers Greater L.A. District  and Mediterranean Garden Society will feature speakers, garden tours (including the Pasadena home pictured above) and workshops. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Registration with full payment is required. You may register to attend one, two or all three days. Fees range from $135 per day to $394 for three days. For more information, e-mail symposium@pacifichorticulture.org or call (760) 295-2173; www.pacifichorticulture.org.

Thursday: The Lido Yacht Expo will feature the newest trawlers, power boats and sailboats as well as the latest electronics, marine equipment and services. Noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Lido Marina Village, 3424 Via Oporto, Newport Beach. $12. (949) 757-5959.

Saturday: Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne of Homegrown Evolution will lead a hands-on workshop on growing winter vegetables with tips on propagation, timing, soil preparation and organic pest control. Participants will receive seedlings to plant at home. 9 a.m. to noon. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $45 to $55. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Water Conservation Group is hosting a series of free California friendly landscape workshops. Participants will learn effective ways to care for their lawns and conserve water through low maintenance, affordable landscaping practices. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1350 S. Wall St., downtown. Reservations required online or by phone, (800) 544-4498 and pressing 5.

Sunday: Master gardener Florence Nishida leads this basic gardening class on how to grow your own vegetables. Learn about creating good soil, watering and feeding, starting plants from seeds, transplanting and making compost. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 10. Edible Garden, Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. $25 to $30 per class; discounts for the museum's neighbors. Registration is rquired: rmazon@nhm.org; (213) 763-3520.

Sunday: The Natural History Museum's Spider Pavilion opens. Tickets are sold for admission at half-hour intervals throughout the day. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last tickets sold at 4:30 p.m., through Nov. 7. $1 to $3. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-DINO.


Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors can 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,” highlights 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.

Neutra show: The traveling survey “The Amazing Neutras in Orange County” highlights 20 works by noted midcentury architect Richard Neutra. Noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, through Oct. 2. Gallery remains open until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Free. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 644-6269.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times