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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

April 25, 2011 |  7:00 am

Schiff houseWe'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.

April 28: The 21st annual Southern California Spring Garden Show will feature more than 75 vendors and garden displays. South Coast Plaza, Crate & Barrel/Macy’s Home Store wing, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa. Open during mall hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Free. (800) 782-8888.

April 28: Lili Singer lecture series continues with landscape architect Rhett Beavers, who will discuss “Past Landscapes, Present Tense: The Evolution of the Southern California Landscape.” 9:30 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-4623.

Lilacs April 29: Descanso Gardens’ spring plant sale will feature rooted cuttings from Descanso's rose garden, warm-weather lilacs and native and rare plants of all kinds. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lake House Nursery located on the auxiliary parking lot. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Free. (818) 949-4200.

April 30: The self-guided Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will feature nearly 80 drought-resistant landscapes. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. See website for detailed descriptions and locations: www.marvistagreengardenshowcase.blogspot.com

April 30: The Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour features more than 30 gardens from San Juan Capistrano to Long Beach. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Donations accepted. (714) 566-4800.

April 30: The U.S. Green Building Council will host a self-guided tour of six sustainable homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena, Atwater Village, La Verne and Mount Washington that showcase the latest in residential sustainable technology. The tour will highlight single family homes, a condominium project, a single-family home development and sustainable gardens. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20 members; $30 non-members; $40 day of the event.

April 30: Horticulturist Lili Singer leads a class on the basics of gardening with California flora. Recommended for beginners. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $40, members. $50, non-members. Later, horticulturist Barbara Eisenstein leads a class on how to care for California natives during the critical establishment period, from nursery to garden. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $25 members, $35 non-members. Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley. (818) 768-3533.

April 30: The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden celebrates its history with "Wild West Days," an event filled with western music, food and family activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

May 1: The Garden Conservancy's Open Days tour of private gardens in Pasadena. Maps to the participating gardens and discounted admission tickets will be available on the day of the tour at La Casita del Arroyo Garden, 177 South Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to each garden is $5. (888) 842-2442.

May 1: The 52nd annual garden tour of the Santa Monica Bay Auxiliary, Children's Hospital Los Angeles will feature six Westside gardens. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Refreshments, vendors, boutique and plant sale. $40. Rain or shine. (310) 395-3713.

May 1: The Westlake Village Garden Club hosts its 38th Annual Garden and Patio Tour of five gardens in Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20. (805) 437-6606.

May 1: The Santa Monica Conservancy will host “Landscapes of Santa Monica,” a tour of 11 unique residential gardens. 1 to 5 p.m. $35 for the public; $25 for Santa Monica Conservancy members. (310) 496-3146.

May 1: The Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital host its 60th annual home your, “At Home in Wild Wood,” featuring four unique Altadena homes and two gardens. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 in advance, and $35 on the day of the tour. (626) 304-4678.

May 1: The Art Museum Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents its 55th annual Art + Architecture Tour including stops at a Paul Williams colonial juxtaposed with cutting-edge contemporary art, an original John Byers home, shown above, restored with a modern interpretation by Lewin Wertheimer, a California rustic contemporary featuring collections of modern art, glass, sports memorabilia, and antiquities, 1930s Mediterranean estate and an original Cliff May-designed house, highlighting a Japanese photography collection. The tour also includes a boutique where works of art are for sale. $175 includes free shuttle service from a central location to each home. (323) 857-6287.


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 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Twenty-minute docent-led tours are 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. 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Pasadena Showcase House of Design: More than 20 interior and exterior designers transform a 1927 Paul Williams-designed English Period Revival estate in La Cañada Flintridge. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Closed Mondays. Parking at the Rose Bowl. Not handicap accessible. No children under 12 permitted. $30 to $40. Ends May 15. (714) 442-3872; www.pasadenashowcase.org.

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; www.psmuseum.org.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times; Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times

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