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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

August 16, 2010 |  6:00 am

Dahlia 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.

Thursday: Eric Garton, director of visitor services at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, will talk about California native plants and why botanic gardens are important. 6 p.m. Free. Claremont Public Library, 208 Harvard Ave, Claremont. (909) 625-8767

Friday: Docents Jim and Joanne Jackson lead an evening walk through Descanso Gardens at 7 p.m. Participants must be 12 and older. $10 to $15. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. No walk-ins. Registration required: (818) 949-7980

Saturday: Create a terrarium with succulents, orchids, bromeliads, driftwood, stones and recycled glass with help from Rolling Greens staff. Cost ranges from $40 for a small terrarium to $180 for a larger one. Participants can bring accessories from home. 1 to 5 p.m. Rolling Greens Hollywood, 7505 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 934-4500

Saturday: Learn how to arrange water lilies and lotus flowers in a low glass container in this class presented by the design studio Flower Duet. Students also will learn about the history of water lilies in the floral industry. 10 a.m. to noon. $80 to $90. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: Families will make worm compost bins and learn why worms are important for the environment. 10 a.m. to noon. $12 to $14 per family. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623

Saturday and Sunday: The South Coast Dahlia Society hosts a show and sale. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. (310) 544-1948 weekdays; (310) 544-6815 weekends.

Sunday: Gabrieleno-Tongva tribal member Mark F. Acuna will guide visitors through the history of the Tongva people. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also Aug. 28. Free with regular admission of $4 to $8. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,1500 N. College Ave, Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

Sunday: Jo Ann Carey leads a class on square foot gardening, a method of planting vegetables in squares instead of rows, wasting little space and water. 9 a.m. to noon. Repeats Sept. 12. $22 to $25. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Register: (626) 821-4623.

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Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors are invited to picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5, through Oct. 23. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Design biennial: The Pasadena Museum of California Art's fourth California Design Biennial, titled “Action/Reaction,” will highlight work in industrial design, fashion, graphics, transportation and architecture. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 1. $5 to $7. 490 E. Union St. (626) 568-3665.

Rohlfs exhibition: The first major exhibition of furniture and decorative art by the American craftsman Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) features more than 40 pieces from 10 museums and private collections. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed Tuesdays. Through Sept. 6. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Modern design: “Technorganic: Evolutionary Art and Design,” an exhibition of artworks and mass-produced designs by Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Objct Gallery, 536 W. 1st St., Claremont. Ends Aug. 29. (909) 621-0125.

— Lisa Boone

Photo: Dahlias at the South Coast Botanic Gardens. Credit: Los Angeles Times