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Datebook: Chinese floral design, rose pruning and more events this week

January 16, 2012 | 12:09 pm

Home and garden events are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. 

Jan. 16: Dealers at the 21st annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition exhibit vintage and contemporary photographs, including the one above, "Woman by the Pool" by Anthony Friedkin, taken at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1975. Event also includes multimedia installations, lectures, panel discussions and book signings. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15 to $30. Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8551. 

Jan. 19: Richard Stanley discusses historic Los Feliz housing styles in the latest “Architecture & Beyond” lecture. 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles. Free. (323) 913-4710. 

Jan. 19: Learn about the cochineal insect and its host, the nopal cactus, as well as uses for the plant when arboretum curator Mitchell Hearns Bishop lectures. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623. 

Jan. 21: Create a floral design for Chinese New Year in this workshop led by Flower Duet. 10 a.m. to noon. $80 to $90. A similar workshop for children 7 to 12 is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. $25 to $30. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128.

Jan. 21: Kids can explore the wonders of lemons, limes and other citrus fruits in a botanical science workshop with instructor Punam Bhakta. A hike through the historic orange groves follows. Ages 7 to 12. Fee includes one accompanying adult. $25 to $30. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens,1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128.

Jan. 21: Florence Nishida of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County talks about fungus, its place in the ecosystem and how the popular practice of applying mulch to planting beds has encouraged the growth of many rare fungi. $10. 9:30 a.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Jan. 21: Horticulturist Rachel Young and gardener Richard Troche lead a rose pruning demonstration. 11 a.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Descanso Gardens,1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

ManzanitaJan. 21: Hybridizer Tom Carruth presents an illustrated lecture on the newest roses to hit the market. 1 p.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Jan. 21: Bart O’Brien, special projects director at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, lectures on the many species and cultivars of manzanita. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $35 to $45. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford Road, Sun Valley. Reservations: (818) 768-1802.


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 June 3. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of Los Angeles County after 5 on some evenings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.

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.

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.

Ceramics: The American Museum of Ceramic Art shows “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.” The survey of midcentury Southern California ceramics features more than 50 artists, including Elaine Katzer, Anthony Ivins, Otto and Vivika Heino and Betty Davenport. $4 to $5. Ends March 31. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.

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 June 3. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.

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.

Chinese mirrors: The exhibit “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” spans 3,000 years and highlights 80 highly decorative pieces. Ends May 14. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Los Angeles Times

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