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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

May 3, 2010 |  6:00 am

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must contain 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: The landmark Gamble House hosts a weekly lunch-hour program that takes advantage of the warmer weather. Visitors are invited to bring their lunch and picnic on the rear lawn or terrace between  11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Docent-led 20-minute tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. at a cost of $5. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Tuesday: Landscape designer Daxin Liu will present an illustrated lecture on the gardens of Suzhou, China. Liu will focus on design principles and techniques that can be incorporated into California gardens. 7:30 p.m. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. (626) 405-2100.

Thursday: The Sherman Library and Gardens Volunteer Assn. presents its 14th annual garden tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seven local gardens and the library's California Impressionist art collection will be on view. Refreshments included. $40 to $45. Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. (949) 673-2261. The gardens will also host free admission in honor of National Public Gardens Day on Friday.

Thursday: Landscape architect Bob Perry discusses "Landscapes of Vision and Experience," a tribute to public and private gardens in Southern California. Held in conjunction with the "Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer" series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-3243.

Friday: This year’s self-guided Laguna Beach Garden Tour will feature seven private gardens in Woods Cove, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $35. Advance tickets only: www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org.

Friday: National Public Gardens Day, an annual celebration of the nation's public gardens, will feature local events: The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is offering docent-led walking tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tours are included with regular admission of $3 to $8; meet at the rotunda. The Getty Center in Brentwood (photo at top) and Getty Villa in Malibu are offering special 45-minute tours of gardens led by the professionals who manage them. The Getty Gardener's Perspective tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Getty Center, and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Getty Villa. Admission is free; parking $15. You must have a free, timed ticket to enter the Villa; go to www.getty.edu/visit or call (310) 440-7300. Further information: www.publicgardens.org.

Friday: Elle Decor hosts "Legends of La Cienega Celebrate Hollywood," a two-day design event featuring lectures and panels composed of interior designers such as Rose Tarlow, Joe Nye, Trina Turk and many others. For a full schedule of lectures and locations, click here.

Saturday: The Garden Conservancy's Open Days tour for Los Angeles covers seven homes in the Windsor Square area. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to each garden is $5. Maps and discounted admission tickets will be available at the Ronnie Allumbaugh Gardens at Getty House, 605 S. Irving Blvd., Los Angeles, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (888) 842-2442.

Saturday: The 11th annual self-guided Open Doors Home and Garden Tour features properties in the Huntington Harbor, Seacliff and Southeast communities. Includes lunch at the Huntington Beach Arts Center. $50. (714) 915-1568.

Saturday: Landscape architect and contractor Owen Dell, author of "Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies," discusses new options for turf areas. Dell will cover ways to remove an old lawn, alternative low-maintenance meadows, organic lawn-care tricks and tips on installing irrigation. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Calvary Christian Fellowship Church, 4221 E. Main St., Ventura. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. (805) 844-7449.

Saturday: The Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society will host a native plant garden tour featuring a dozen gardens in Fullerton, Tustin, Corona del Mar and Santa Ana. Free. Addresses and driving directions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the tour. Click here to register.

Saturday: Steve Gerischer leads a class on how to create beautiful container gardens with native plants. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford Road, Sun Valley. $25 to $35. (818) 768-1802.

-- Lisa Boone

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Photo: The Getty Center in Brentwood. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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