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April 30, 2006

Chalk it up to climate or to pride of ownership, but Southern California has exceptionally vibrant home, garden and architecture tours. At movie palaces in downtown Los Angeles as well as wildflower patches in our farthest-flung suburbs, doors and gates are open for visitors' admiration and critiques.


Baiko-En Bonsai Kenkyukai Show and Sale: Demonstration on how to transform ordinary nursery plants into classic miniaturized bonsai. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623 or


Camellia Festival: Descanso

Gardens' annual show with sales and lectures at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200 or


Pasadena Heritage Spring

Home Tour: Tour of five privately owned historic homes in Pasadena. (626) 441-6333 or

Lilac Festival: Show, sales and

lectures. Late March or early April at Descanso Gardens. (818) 949-4200 or

Ikebana International Show:

Japanese flower arranging. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. (626) 821-4623 or


AIA Home Tours: The L.A. office of the AIA hosts two tours a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. This month included a look at Beverly Hills homes; planned for the fall are a Sept. 17 tour of Silver Lake and Echo Park and a Westside tour Oct. 22. (213) 639-0777 or

Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour: Native gardens throughout the Los Angeles Basin. (818) 768-1802, or

Open Days: Garden Conservancy's annual tour of gardens in the Los Angeles and Pasadena areas. Also in May.

California Poppy Festival:

Each year this festival spotlights the colorful poppies, which are an Antelope Valley springtime attraction. Lancaster City Park, 43011 N. 10th St. W., Lancaster.

Bungalow Heaven Home Tour: Self-guided walking tour of historic Arts and Crafts-era homes in Pasadena's first landmark district. Today. (626) 585-2172 or

Garden tour: The Creative Arts Group's annual Art of the Garden tour through San Marino. (626) 355-8350 or

Green Gardens Tour: The Virginia Avenue Project sponsors this tour of private gardens that have become ecologically sound. (310) 264-4224 or

Rose Show and Sale: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. (626) 821-4623 or


L.A. Garden Show and Plant Sale: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Saturday and May 7. (626) 821-4623 or

Venice Garden and Home Tour: This self-guided walking tour highlights the latest architectural and landscape transformations in nearly 30 residences in Venice, Saturday. (310) 821-1857 or

Sunland Tujunga Historic Home and Garden Tour: Tour of some of the San Fernando Valley's most historic dwellings, May 7. (818) 352-3420.

Epiphyllum Show and Sale:

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, May 13-14.

Huntington Plant Sale: Thousands of rare and exotic plants are available at the Huntington's popular annual sale. Many unusual varieties of cactuses and succulents, orchids and tropicals, roses, camellias, herbs, trees, vines, bamboos, palms and much more. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, May 21. (626) 405-2100 or

Venice Art Walk: Self-driving tours of architecturally significant Venice homes along Ocean Front Walk, May 21. (310) 392-9255 or

Santa Anita Bonsai Show and Sale: Display of trees trained to look like miniature forest giants. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, May 27-29.

Last Remaining Seats: The Los Angeles Conservancy presents classic films and live entertainment in the city's historic movie palaces. Includes the Los Angeles Theatre, the Orpheum Theatre and the Palace Theatre, May 31-July 5. (213) 430-4219 or


West Adams Spring Tour:

Visit one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, June 3. (323) 732-4223 or

Daylily Show and Sale:

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, June 3. (626) 821-4623 or

Long Beach Heritage Great Homes Tour: June 25. (562) 493-7019 or


Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge: Honoring the historic preservation of one of the world's most beautiful bridges, with live music on three stages, dancing, vintage car displays, children's activities and no-host food and beverages on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, July 15. (626) 441- 6333 or


Inner-City Cactus Show:

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Aug. 19-20. (626) 821-4623 or


Fern and Exotic Plant Show:

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