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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

April 5, 2010 |  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, but we won't edit the comments.

Tuesday: Architect Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues Studio, lectures in the "Locals Only" progressive architecture series. 6:30 p.m. Woodbury School of Architecture, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. Free.

Wednesday: Architect David Erdman, of Davidclovers, discusses how his firm's projects relate to mass production and mass media. The talk is part of the Southern California Institute of Architecture spring lecture series. 7 p.m. W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, SCI-Arc, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Free. (213) 613-2200.

Wednesday: Arboretum Botanical Information Consultant Frank McDonough leads "Around the World in 127 Acres: More of the Arboretum's Plant Collections" a tour focusing on "Pirate Plants: Plants of South America and the Spanish Main." 1:30 to 3 p.m. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $5 to $7. (626) 821-4623.

Thursday: As part of Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer, Jan Smithen, author of  "Sun Drenched Gardens: The Mediterranean Style,” lectures on gardening with plants from Down Under (plus a few from South Africa). After the talk: a plant sale provided by Australian Native Plants Nursery. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-4623.

Thursday: Rachel S. Jabaily lectures on "Up, Down, Wet Then Dry: The Quest for Puya in the Andes" in this event sponsored by the Southern California Horticultural Society. 7:30 p.m. Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. Free to members. Nonmembers, $5. (818) 567-1496.

Thursday: Jane S. Smith, author of "The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants," will discuss the noted botanist's career. A book signing follows the 2:30 p.m. talk. Friends’ Hall, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. No reservations required. (626) 405-2100.

Friday: The Horticultural Department from Mount San Antonio College fills Magnolia Lawn with a wide range of indoor and outdoor plant varieties for this annual plant sale. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Saturday: The seventh annual self-guided Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour will feature 50 gardens on the Westside, from Brentwood to Long Beach, which will be open for viewing Saturday; gardens in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys will be open for viewing Sunday. And two gardens in Beverly Hills and Tujunga will be open for viewing both days. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $20 for both days. To purchase tickets, either go online to www.theodorepayne.org or call (818) 768-1802.

Saturday: The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society sponsor a show and sale of various cactus and succulents grown by the members of the society. Plants, pots and potting material will be available for purchase. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. Free with garden entrance of $3 to $8. (310) 544-1948; (310) 544-6815.

Saturday: Organic gardener John Lyons, shown above, leads a class on "The Summer Vegetable Garden." Get up to speed on how to transition from the winter garden to the summer season. Soil preparation, warm season plant choices, correct placement, crop care and feeding will be explored. 10 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 10 a.m. to noon. $22 members/$25 nonmembers. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: Kids will plant their own "victory gardens" of tasty herbs and vegetables in this workshop led by Punam Bhakta. Ages 7-12. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Fee includes one accompanying adult. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Members: $25. Nonmembers: $30. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: The San Clemente Garden Club presents the fifth annual GardenFest, a fair celebrating green and sustainable gardening practices. The fair will feature exhibits and demonstrations for sustainable gardening practices, butterfly and Blue Bird Habitat information, rain harvesting, community garden information, worm composting and tool sharpening demonstration. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. San Clemente Community Center, Avenida Del Mar at Calle Seville. Free.

Sunday: The American Institute of Architects returns to Venice for its annual self-guided Spring Home Tour. The event will feature: the Goodman Residence, designed by Trevor Abramson and Douglas Teiger of Abramson Teiger Architects; the Floating Bungalow, shown above, by Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture; the Hover House, by Glen Irani of Glen Irani Architects; and the Gelner Residence designed by Patrick Tighe of Tighe Architecture. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $65 for AIA members, $75 for the public in advance and $85 the day of the tour. Order online at www.aialosangeles.org or call (213) 639-0777.

Sunday: Jo Ann Carey leads a class on square foot gardening -- a method where seeds are planted in squares instead of rows, in raised beds. 9 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. 10 a.m. to noon. $22 members/$25 nonmembers. (626) 821-4623.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit of John Lyons: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times