Home and garden events throughout Southern California

JAN. 31

Tiffany lecture:Margaret K. Hofer, curator of decorative arts at the New York Historical Society, will discuss the role women played in the design and manufacture of Tiffany Studios' leaded glass lamps. 7:30 p.m. Art Center College of Design, Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Reception will follow at the Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. $25. (626) 793-3334, Ext. 52, www.gamblehouse.org.

Manzanitas:Learn which manzanitas work best locally, how to care for them and what plants make good companions. 1 to 3 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $35. (818) 768-1802, www.theodorepayne.org.

Children's workshop:Scientist Tara Gomez will help kids take a closer look at trees, revealing details with the power of microscopes. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 7 and older; must be accompanied by an adult. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $20 to $25. Registration: (626) 405-2128, www.huntington.org.

Art Deco lecture:The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles presents a slide-lecture with author Greg Paul Williams, who will discuss his book "The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History." 2 p.m. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. $10. (310) 659-3326, www.egyptiantheatre.com.

Camellia show: Experts will discuss, exhibit and sell camellias from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1. In addition, a camellia forest tour will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Van de Kamp Hall, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Free with regular admission of $3 to $8. (818) 949-4200, www.descansogardens.org.

FEB. 1

Chinese festival:Music, dance and other cultural offerings mark the arrival of the Year of the Ox at a Chinese New Year festival at the Huntington Botanical Garden's Chinese garden. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. All activities are included with general admission of $6 to $20. (626) 405-2100, www.huntington.org.

FEB. 4

SCI-Arc lecture: Hien Ngo Quan, founder of NQH Architects in Vietnam, discusses maintaining the delicate balance between the urban community, architecture and the individual. 7 p.m. W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, Southern California Institute of Architecture, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Free. (213) 613-2200, www.sciarc.edu.

FEB. 5

Fence workshop:Brian Sullivan, manager of horticulture and displays at Descanso Gardens, leads this hands-on workshop on constructing a fence from winter-pruned materials. This field trip is presented in conjunction with the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. (626) 821-4623, www.arboretum.org.


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, will be 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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