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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

May 9, 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.

May 10: Hui-shu Lee, professor of art history at UCLA, discusses the development of Chinese garden culture during the Song Dynasty. 7:30 p.m. Free. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

May 12: Andrea Wulf, author of “Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation,” gives an illustrated talk about the lives of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. 2:30 p.m. Free. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

May 12: National Public Radio correspondent Joe Palca, who spent one summer as science writer in residence at the Huntington Library, will discuss his new book, “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us,” with co-author Flora Lichtman. Free. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

May 13: Friends of Robinson Gardens presents the 23rd annual “... Into the Garden” benefit tour showcasing five private gardens. Event also includes a spring festival at the Robinson estate. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $200. Virginia Robinson estate, 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 550-2068.

May 13-14: David Weinstein discusses how developer Joseph Eichler created quintessential 1950s subdivisions as part of the Gamble House lecture series. 7 p.m. $12. Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. A complementary tour of six Eichler homes in the Balboa Highlands community of Granada Hills is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14. $35. (626) 793-3334, Ext. 52.

May 14: Landscape designer Steve Gerischer discusses “How to Lay Your Own Walkways and Patios.” 10 a.m. to noon. Bamboo Room. $25 to $28. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

May 14: Horticulturist Amanda Everett leads this guided walk at Descanso Gardens. Learn about clematis groups, pruning and care. 11 a.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Meet at Center Circle. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

May 14: Rachel Young, Descanso Gardens’ native plants horticulturist, draws on the wisdom of indigenous people to explore the uses of California native plants. 1 to 3 p.m. $10. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Registration required. (818) 949-4200.

May 14-15: The Epiphyllum Society of America hosts the 52nd annual flower show and sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14-15. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.


May 14-15: The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation’s spring home tour May 14-15 will include “Rose Hedge” (1903), the Raab Family Homestead (1875) and the Greene & Greene Craftsman house (1904) shown above, designed for President James Garfield’s widow.  A “progressive dinner” tour of these homes is on the evening of May 14; $95. A Sunday tour runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $15. Reservations: www.sppreservation.org.

May 15: The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour of Los Angeles runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to each garden is $5. Maps to the participating gardens available on the day of the tour at Grow Native Nursery, Davis Avenue, Westwood. (888) 842-2442.

May 15: The Huntington Botanical Gardens' 36th annual spring plant sale includes thousands of rare succulents, perennials, camellias, tropicals, herbs, groundcovers, heirloom vegetables and fruits. Experts provide tips on selection, cultivation and care. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

May 15: The American Institute of Architects’ Los Angeles chapter hosts a self-guided tour in Santa Monica and Venice. Homes designed by Robert Crockett, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Steve Kent and Larry Scarpa. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75.

May 15: The Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles Police Historical Museum, Lummis Home and the Pasadena Museum of History open for a free day of music, storytelling, art, crafts and entertainment. Exhibits cover history of women's hats, Boyle Heights, the Symbionese Liberation Army and more. Noon to 5 p.m. with last entry at 4 p.m. (213) 740-8687.  

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Installation: Architect Barbara Bestor creates a temporary disco installation in the Southern California Institute of Architecture gallery, open through June 26. 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Pasadena Showcase: More than 20 designers transform a 1927 Paul Williams-designed English Revival estate in La Cañada Flintridge. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Ends May 15. Parking at the Rose Bowl. House is not accessible to the disabled, and no children under 12 are permitted. $30 to $40. (714) 442-3872.

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 credit: South Pasadena Preservation Foundation