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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

April 11, 2011 |  6:00 am

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April 14: Lili Singer lecture series features horticulturist Jill Morganelli, who will discuss “Growing Organic: The Delicious Yard.” The morning includes a visit to the organic vegetable garden. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

April 14: Clair Martin, curator of the rose and perennial gardens, will discuss how to transition from chemical fertilizers and pesticides to a more environmentally friendly garden. 2:30 p.m. Free. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

April 14-17: More than 60 dealers will showcase antiques, furnishings and decorative arts at the Los Angeles Antique Show. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 14 and 16; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 15; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17. $20 includes catalog and re-entry. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

April 15-16: The Historic Palos Verdes Homes Tour, sponsored by the Palos Verdes Art Center and Community School of Art, will feature three Spanish Revival homes from the 1920s. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $40 to $45; includes lunch. Day of tour, tickets available at will call, First Church of Christ Scientist, 4010 Palos Verdes Drive North. (310) 541-2479.

Windsor April 15: Alan Hess moderates a panel composed of Sam Lubell and Douglas Woods, authors of “Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis”; Shulman’s daughter Judy McKee; gallerist Craig Krull; and the Getty Research Institute’s Anne Blecksmith. 7 to 9 p.m. Woodbury University, Ahmanson Main Space, 7500 Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank. Free. Reservations: (818) 394-3360.

April 15: “Landscapes for Living: Post-War Landscape Architecture in Los Angeles,” will focus on the legacy of public and private landscape architecture in Southern California. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $150. Southern California Institute of Architecture, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Register online.

April 16: The Floral Park neighborhood in north Santa Ana hosts its 19th annual home and garden tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets online, $25. (714) 648-0904.

April 16: The California Poppy Festival celebrates spring blooms in the Antelope Valley. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 to $8. Lancaster City Park, 43011 N. 10th St. West, Lancaster. The reserve, shown at the top of the post in a photo from last year, is open sunrise to sunset, 15 miles west of Lancaster at 15101 Lancaster Road. (661) 723-6077.

April 16:  Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has a self-guided tour of private gardens featuring California native plants. Home are located across Santa Barbara County. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 to $25. Registration: www.sbbg.org under “classes.”

April 16-17: Descanso Gardens gets a jump on Earth Day (April 22) with a day-long festival themed on water. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

April 16-17: Specialty growers have unusual varieties of native plants, tropicals, cactuses, succulents and more at the Green Scene Plant and Garden show. Nearly 100 exhibitors also will have art, tools, accessories and container displays. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. (657) 278-3407.

April 16-17: Go Green Expo, a green business and sustainable lifestyle show, features more than 200 environmentally-friendly products, services and nonprofit organizations. Speakers include Ed Begley Jr., Mariel Hemingway and Paul Watson of "Animal Planet." 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles. $15 for a full weekend pass.

April 17: More than 20 designers have transformed a 1927 Paul Williams-designed English Period Revival estate in La Cañada Flintridge for the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, opening April 17. No children under 12 permitted. House is not accessible to the disabled. Parking for the event will be at the Rose Bowl. Open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays;  9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, through May 15. $30 to $40. (714) 442-3872.

April 17: The Pacific Palisades Garden Club tour highlights four gardens in Pacific Palisades and two in Santa Monica. The event also includes a plant market. Noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine. $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. 13545 D'Este, Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-4084; (310) 472-3374.

April 17: The sixth annual Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Party and Tour features the gardens of Getty House, the official residence of the mayor of Los Angeles, and six private gardens of varying styles. Noon to 6 p.m. $55. (213) 243-8182.


Ackerman, Aguiñiga: “A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman” includes examples of ceramics, tile mosaics, wood carvings, textiles and other crafts from the Culver City couple. “Crossing the Line: A Space by Tanya Aguiñiga,” is a site-specific structure made by the artist best known for felted furniture. Ends May 8. $5 to $7. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.

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. $5. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Ceramics: The work of resident artists includes hundreds of handmade mugs and bowls, most $15 to $50. Ends April 30. Clayhouse Studio & Gallery, 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-7071.

Installation: Architect Barbara Bestor creates a temporary disco installation in the Southern California Institute of Architecture gallery, open through May 15. DJ disco dance party held in conjunction with the installation is scheduled for April 22. 960 E. Third St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Technology and design: Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles exhibition “Soupergreen” explores the way that technology can promote architecture and the environment. Closing April 14. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. $2 to $5. 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 932-9393.

Wexler show: “Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler” is a survey of drawings, photographs and models by the noted architect. They are augmented by professional photographs and new models fabricated by Cal Poly students, including a full-scale sectional steel model illustrating the prefabrication system that Wexler used in his steel houses. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ends May 29. $5 to $12.50. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs.(760) 322-4800.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times; Mary Nichols for Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Party and Tour