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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

September 6, 2010 |  6:00 am

Echinopsis 'Pink Glory' 2 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.

Monday: Descanso Gardens hosts Boddy’s Big Backyard, a Labor Day celebration for families. Highlights include a 10 a.m. tour of the California Natives Garden with horticulturist Rachel Young, a reading of “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” at 12:30 p.m. for kids, and music by the Mobile Homeboys from 1 to 3 p.m. Families can bring a picnic and blanket to the Main Lawn (normally not allowed). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Thursday: Gary Lyons, curator of the Huntington Botanical Gardens' 10-acre Desert Garden, will give a slide lecture on flowering cactuses like the one shown here and will give tips on how to grow them at home. A plant sale follows the program. 2:30 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. No reservations required. (626) 405-2100.

Thursday: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the Claremont botanic garden dedicated to California’s native plants, offers free admission in honor of California Admission Day. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1500 N. College Ave. (909) 625-8767.

Saturday: Lisa Pompelli will demonstrate how to make detailed renderings in graphite and watercolor using an herb garden as inspiration. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Repeats at same time Sept. 18 and 25. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $275 to $295. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: Mike Brown, display horticulturist at Descanso Gardens, shows how to harvest plants so they remain healthy and productive. The class meets indoors, then moves outside. 11 a.m. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. $10 to $15. (818) 949-4200.

Saturday: Youth education coordinator Ted Tegart leads a tour of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden for children and their families. This week’s focus: carnivorous plants. 10 a.m. to noon. Meet by the fountain in front of the Oak Room. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-5897.

Saturday: Bauer hosts a monthly showroom sale of Bauer Pottery and Russel Wright American Modern seconds. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3051 Rosslyn St., Atwater. (818) 500-0666.

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,” 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: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens