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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

October 10, 2011 |  7:00 am

Ker Mahan House
Home and garden events are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions should 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.

Oct. 11: Peter Del Tredici, senior research scientist at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, discusses “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ginkgo But Were Afraid to Ask.” 7:30 p.m. Del Tredici has been studying the natural history and evolution of the species for the last 25 years. 7:30 p.m. Included in admission of $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Oct. 11: Barbara Eisenstein discusses "How to Wild Your Garden with Native Plants" at the meeting of the California Native Plant Society. 7:30 p.m.  Free and open to nonmembers. First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 11th St. (818) 881-3706.

Oct. 13: Landscape architect Amy Nettleton presents an illustrated lecture on the elements that define a space, designed or natural, and how these elements affect its physical and emotional qualities. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Palm Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Irises Oct. 13: Iris expert Jill Bonino of the American Iris Society gives an overview of the different classes of irises, their care and cultivation, and how they can be used in the garden. 2:30 p.m. A plant sale follows. Free. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Oct. 14: Interior designer Kishani Perera and her design team host the Design Dilemma Workshop. Participants are welcome to bring photos, fabrics, sketches and measurements. 6 to 7 p.m. $50, includes refreshments. Class size is limited to 10. Rummage, 7374 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 935-5483.

Oct. 14-16: Exhibitors from local orchid societies display their best blooms at the Southland Orchid Show. Installations include exotic oncidiums (dancing ladies), brassias (spider orchids), paphiopedilums (lady slippers) and miltonias (pansy orchids), as well as cattleyas, cymbidiums, vandas and epidendrums. Dozen of specimens from the Weltz Orchid Collection will be on display in the Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15-16.  $15 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.

Oct. 14: The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants hosts its annual festival and sale with 10% to 15% discounts. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 15.  10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley (818) 768-1802.

Oct. 14-16: Pasadena Heritage’s Craftsman Weekend offers home tours, including the Ker/Mahan House, shown at the top of this post, bus and walking tours, a exposition and sale, lectures and evening events in historic settings. For schedules and tickets: (626) 441-6333.

Oct. 15: A fundraiser for the restoration of the historic water-wise gardens at the Lummis Home includes gardening workshops, children’s activities, speakers, artist vendors and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43, Highland Park. $10 suggested donation per person; all proceeds go to the Historical Society of Southern California. (323) 222-0546.

Oct. 15: Seed Library of Los Angeles member Linda Preuss discusses this year’s National Heirloom Expo, considered the world’s fair of the heirloom seed industry. Horticulturist Katarina Eriksson discusses how to save rhubarb seeds. Talks are free; meeting is followed by seed distribution to members, and annual membership is $10. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Learning Garden at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Venice.

Oct. 15: Steve Gerischer presents “Design Basics for Drought Tolerant Plants,” including simple soil testing and irrigation strategies. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25 to $28. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Oct. 16: Bonham's auction of "20th Century Decorative Arts including Post-War Southern California Design," includes pieces by Gustav Stickley, George Nelson, Vivika and Otto Heino, Evelyn Ackerman and Beatrice Wood.  10 a.m. Preview, noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 14-15. Bonhams, 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 850-7500.

ONGOING

Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (310) 586-6488.

Craft show: In conjunction with the regional arts campaign “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” Freehand Gallery and Craft in America present “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts. Participating artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with glass artist Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who studied with ceramic artist Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. Vintage work will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31, and contemporary work will be shown at Freehand Gallery next door through Oct. 22. 8413 and 8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610,  (323) 655-2607.

California craft: Craft in America and the Craft and Folk Art Museum present the survey “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” an exhibition of more than 70 pieces by 65 influential innovators. Ends Jan. 8. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.

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.

Maloof exhibition: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

McCoy exhibit: “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design” includes photographs, texts and videos covering the architectural historian’s work with R.M. Schindler, first as a draftswoman and later as a critic. Also covers her unsuccessful campaign to save Irving Gill's 1916 Dodge House in West Hollywood. $6 to $7. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Ends Jan 8. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.

Midcentury design: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features more than 300 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and graphic design. Ends March 25. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; noon to 9 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Wednesdays. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of L.A. County after 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. (323) 857-6010.

Woodworking: More than 30 bowls and other exemplary works by Sam Maloof, Ed Moulthrop and Bob Stocksdale, along with recently discovered correspondence and related documents, are on exhibit as a part of the Maloof historic residence tour. “In Words and Wood: Sam Maloof, Bob Stocksdale & Ed Moulthrop continues through Jan. 28. Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma.

— Lisa Boone

CORRECTED: An earlier version of this post said the Oct. 11 meeting of the California Native Plant Society included a talk by naturalist Laura Cunningham in Encino. The listing has been corrected to reflect the correct speaker and meeting location.

Photo credits: Pasadena Heritage; Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

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