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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

January 3, 2011 |  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.

Thursday: Consultant Bob Galbreath will discuss landscape irrigation, including water-efficient equipment, rainwater catchment and gray water as part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20 per class; $100 for the series of eight classes. Palm Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: Jill Morganelli, curator of the Victorian Rose Garden at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, leads a hands-on workshop on rose pruning and rose care. Bring gloves and sharp pruning shears to practice techniques. Disease control and soil building also will be covered. 9 a.m. to noon. $25 to $28. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: Clair Martin, rose garden curator (shown above), leads a workshop focusing on the tools and techniques of rose pruning. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $30 to $40. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128; www.huntington.org.

Saturday: Descanso Gardens horticulturist Amanda Everett will go over the basics of pruning different types of roses. Find out why pruning is necessary, what tools to use, the best times to prune and the best techniques. 11 a.m. Meet at the Rose Garden Pavilion. Included with regular admission: $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200; www.descansogardens.org.

Sunday: Garden designer and rose fanatic Nina Rumely leads a free workshop on winter pruning for Southern California. Bring gloves and pruners for the walk through the Ocean View Farms community garden. Alternative date in the event of rain: Jan. 16. 3300 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles. Inquiries: e-mail educationchair@oceanviewfarms.net. (310) 915-1123.

Sunday: Ray Tucker kicks off a four-session weekly series on flower arranging for various occasions. Students should bring scissors and gloves. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. $95 to $120 for the series, plus a $75 materials fee. Sycamore Science Center, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.


Bischoff exhibition: The retrospective “Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff,” features Bischoff's early hand-painted ceramic works and landscape paintings. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through March 20. $5 to $7. Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. (626) 568-3665.

Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, allows visitors to picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 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.

Installation: “Light Frames,” an outdoor installation by Los Angeles architect Gail Peter Borden, consists of a hand-assembled dome and an enclosed “chapel” built out of translucent vinyl plastic. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through mid-March. Free. Materials & Applications, 1619 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 739-4668.

Kalman exhibition: “Maira Kalman: Various Observations (of a Crazy World)” features more than 100 artworks and an installation that Kalman calls “many tables of many things,” her inspirations and collections as a traveler, reader and walker. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Feb. 13. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $10. (310) 440-4500.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times