FEB. 7

Backyard retreats:

Debra Prinzing, author of "Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways," shares her ideas on how to create a personal backyard destination. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $20 to $30. (818) 768-1802, www.theodorepayne.org.

Conifer class:

Rachel Buchwalter conducts a hands-on class on conifers -- how to identify, use and care for the trees and shrubs. 10 a.m. to noon. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. $20 to $22. (818) 949-4200, www.descansogardens.org.

Plant sale:

UC Irvine Arboretum hosts a sale of easy-to-grow perennials, succulents, blooming bulbs and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campus Drive and Jamboree Road, UC Irvine North Campus. Free. (949) 824-5833.

FEB. 8

Great Rosarians:

Huntington Botanical Garden's "Great Rosarians of the West" series will include a panel discussion, lectures with Marilyn Wellan and Stephan Scanniello, breakfast, lunch and a reception. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $75 to $100. (626) 405-3507, www.huntington.org.

FEB. 12

Manzanitas lecture:

Bart O'Brien, special projects director at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, lectures on manzanitas -- their selection, care and companion plants. Presented in conjunction with the "Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer" series. 10 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-4623, www.arboretum.org.

Garden talk:

Landscape architect and herbal folklorist Shirley Kerins lectures on the secret meanings of flowers. 2:30 p.m. Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. (626) 405-`2100, www.huntington.org.

FEB. 14

Design class:

Landscape designer Laramee Haynes will discuss how to create beautiful spaces using native plants, well-placed shade trees and other elements. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $20 to $30. (818) 768-1802, www.theodorepayne.org.

Camellia show:

The Huntington Botanical Garden's 37th annual Camellia Show, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society, will feature demonstrations of pruning, disbudding and grafting. Camellia plants will be for sale. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. (626) 405-2100, www.huntington.org.

CONTINUING

Japan show:

"The Subtle Beauty of Japanese Craft" features metal, textile, wood and clay works from the Mingei International Museum's renowned collection of Japanese folk art, craft and design. 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, through June 28. $4 to $7. (619) 239-0003, www.mingei.org.

Neutra tour : Richard and Dion Neutra's VDL Research House II, managed by Cal Poly Pomona's College of Environmental Design, are open to the public 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles. $10. www.neutravdl.org .

Schindler House:

Dorit Margreiter's solo exhibition features three film and video installation works including "10104 Angelo View Drive (2004)," a silent, 16-millimeter film transferred to video. At its center is a modernist home by architect John Lautner that has been used in Hollywood films as a setting for evil. Through March 8 at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510, www.makcenter.org.

-- Lisa Boone

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