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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

March 28, 2011 |  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 text.

March 31: Landscape architects Chip Sullivan and Elizabeth Boults, authors of “Illustrated History of Landscape Design,” discuss “Landscape Scenography: Setting the Stage for Garden Mystery.” Part of the Lili Singer lecture series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-4623.

April 1: Architect Barbara Bestor creates a temporary disco installation in the Southern California Institute of Architecture gallery, open through May 15. DJ disco dance parties held in conjunction with the installation are scheduled for April 1 and 22. Bestor and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss host a discussion on April 8. 960 E. Third St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

April 1: The South Coast chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents its 17th annual spring garden tour. 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Reservations: (310) 629-0500.


April 1: Horticulturist Rachel Young leads a class on attracting wildlife to a garden; 10 a.m. to noon. $10 to $15. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949 4200.

April 1-2: The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden's plant sale includes orchids, berries, fruit trees, vegetables, succulents and other annuals and perennials. The arboretum library will sell used garden and plant books and cookbooks. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

April 1-2: Stephen Baldonado and Scott Daigre from the TomatoMania series of plant sales will discuss how to grow tomatoes. 1 to 3 p.m. both days. Admission included in the regular Descanso Gardens fee of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949 4200.

April 2: The Historical Society of Southern California presents the 2011 History Conference. Keynote speaker is USC professor William Deverell. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35 to $45. Autry National Center, 4600 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Reservations: (323) 460-5633 or online at www.socalhistory.org.

April 3: Prisk Native Garden, on the grounds of Prisk Elementary School in Long Beach, hosts its annual open house. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 2375 Fanwood Ave., Long Beach. Email: letteriello@charter.net


Ackerman, Aguiñiga: “A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman” includes examples of ceramics, tile mosaics, wood carvings, textiles and other crafts from the Culver City couple. “Crossing the Line: A Space by Tanya Aguiñiga,” is a site-specific structure made by the artist best known for felted furniture. Ends May 8. $5 to $7. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.

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

Technology and design: Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles exhibition “Soupergreen” explores the way that technology can promote architecture and the environment. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends April 14. $2 to $5. 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 932-9393.

Wexler show: “Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler” is a survey of drawings, photographs and models by the noted architect. They are augmented by professional photographs and new models fabricated by Cal Poly students, including a full-scale sectional steel model illustrating the prefabrication system that Wexler used in his steel houses. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ends May 29. $5 to $12.50. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs.(760) 322-4800.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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