Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead
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July 5: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of Descanso Gardens’ Summer Family Series. Bring a picnic (usually not allowed in the gardens). 5:30 to 7 p.m. Included in garden admission of $3 to $8. Open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Aug. 25. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.
July 7: Christy Wilhelmi leads a class on creating an organic vegetable garden in small, urban areas. Learn what grows well in Southern California and how to garden with biointensive methods. 7 p.m. Free. Ilan Dei Studio, 2100 Zeno Place, Venice. Reservations required. (310) 302-9222.
July 7: Gonzalo Bergara performs in conjunction with Descanso Gardens' summer Jazz Evenings. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 25. Included in garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.
July 8-10: Thirty orchid vendors and organizations sell plants and offer potting and culture demonstrations at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate International Orchid Fair. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10. Admission free, parking $5. Central lawn at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, Las Positas exit from U.S. 101, Santa Barbara.
July 8: In conjunction with the orchid fair, Steve Manning will speak on “The Life and Publications of James Bateman (1811-1897)” at a joint meeting of the Santa Barbara Branch of the Cymbidium Society of America and the Orchid Society of Santa Barbara. 7:30 p.m. Free. Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara.
July 9: Landscape designer Laramee Haynes leads a workshop on how to save water using careful sprinkler design. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25 to $28. Palm Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration: (626) 821-4623.
July 9: Horticulturist Lili Singer discusses low-care native plants that need no fertilizer and use a fraction of the water required for turf. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $35 to $45. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.
July 9: Lora Hall of Full Circle Gardening leads a hands-on class on pruning summer-fruiting trees. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $35 to $45. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.
July 10: Learn more about preserving seeds specific to the Los Angeles basin at the meeting of the Seed Library of Los Angeles, shown at the top of this post and subject of an earlier L.A. Times article. A $10 lifetime membership gives members access to free seeds as long as new seeds are contributed in return. 2:30 p.m. The Learning Garden, Venice High School, Walgrove Avenue just south of Venice Boulevard. Park outside and enter the first gate south of Venice.
July 10: Ray Tucker kicks off the first of four Sunday classes on floral design principles and flower arranging for all occasions. Students should bring scissors and gloves. 1 to 4 p.m. $110 to $125 for series, plus $75 for materials. Registration required by Tuesday. Meet in Sycamore Science Center, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.
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Butterfly pavilion: Visitors can see caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies in this temporary enclosure. The butterfly pavilion is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The garden is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through July 31. $2 in addition to garden admission of $4 to $8. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
Craft shows: “Ann Weber: Love and Other Audacities” is an exhibition of cardboard sculptures made with a stapler, box cutter and shellac. “Jennifer Angus: All Creatures Great and Small” is a wallpaper-like installation featuring about 3,500 brightly colored insects pinned to the wall. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 11. $5 to $7. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.
Frederick Fisher: The architect has created a site-specific installation featuring literal and metaphorical ruins. Free. Otis Ben Maltz Gallery, 1st floor, Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles. Ends Sept. 1. (310) 665-6905; www.otis.edu (click on “public programs”).
“Life at the Miramar”: Rare photographs, documents and other artifacts depict life at Santa Monica’s landmark home-turned-hotel from the late 1800s to the present. Ends Oct. 18. $3 to $5. Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica Public Library campus, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290;
“Surf, Skate, Bike”: Los Angeles designers in all disciplines take over the galleries of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in the second installment of “Come In: Surf, Skate, Bike.” Ends July 24. $5. 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 932-9393.
— Lisa Boone
Photo credits: Los Angeles Times
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