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Time for Tomatomania! Plus other events, classes

March 5, 2012 |  7:00 am

Home and garden events, classes and exhibitions for the week ahead are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please.

TomatoesMarch 8: Scott Daigre, garden designer behind a recent L.A. at Home profile and organizer of the Tomatomania! sales, that run March 9 to April 29 across Southern California, discusses some of his favorite heirloom and hybrid varieties. A plant sale follows. 2:30 p.m. Free. Friends’ Hall. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

March 9: To encourage public discourse about architecture, urban design and city planning, the L.A. chapter of the American Institute of Architects is coordinating discussions with mayoral candidates. Moderated by Planning Commission President Bill Roschen and L.A. Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, the forums are meant to help the public learn more about each candidate's vision. This week: Wendy Greuel. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles Police Department Administration Building, 100 W. 1st St. Reservations required: www.aialosangeles.org.

March 10: The Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair presents Going Green Together, an event for families featuring hands-on activities, ready-to-use lessons and resources that can be incorporated into everyday life. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.

March 10: Architecture & Design Museum stages “Celebrate: The Wearable, a salon-style runway fund-raiser featuring wearable artworks by designer Karim Rashid; architects Robert M. Stern, Steven Ehrlich, Richard Meier and Marmol Radziner; landscape architect Mia Lehrer; and L.A. design house l.a. Eyeworks, among others. 7 to 11 p.m. $95. 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 932-9393. The pieces are available for sale online, with proceeds benefiting the museum.

March 10: Gamble House director Ted Bosley examines the influence of Arts & Crafts masters in the lecture “Post-War Modernism and the Legacy of Greene & Greene.” 6 p.m. The Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. $20. (626) 793-3334, Ext. 52.

March 10: The Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, hosts a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibitions “Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House, 1920-1960” and “Catherine Opie Photographs Cliff May.” Tickets include a visit to the 1964 May-designed Power Residence in Camarillo. 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include transportation and a box lunch.

March 10: Artists including Jerome Ackerman, Raul A. Coronel, Dora De Larios, Betty Davenport Ford, Elaine Katzer, Harrison McIntosh and Robert Glover discuss their practices in the decades following World War II. They are featured in the exhibition “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945‐1975.” 2 to 4 p.m. $4 to $5. American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.

March 10: Horticulturist Wayne Walker leads this exploration of the camellia garden at Descanso Gardens. Learn to identify the different kinds of camellias and get care advice from a pro. 11 a.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.


Ansel Adams Los Angeles: New silver gelatin prints of prewar Los Angeles were made from Adams’ original negatives from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Through March 17. Free. Drkrm, 727 S. Spring St., Los Angeles.

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 L.A. County after 5 p.m. some evenings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.

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

Solar house: The Southern California Institute of Architecture and Caltech’s prototype solar house is on display through May 31 at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Free. (213) 744-2019.


Pool photography exhibit

Cliff May and Catherine Opie

Southern California spring garden tours

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times