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April home and garden calendar

This Australian plant, the grevillea, typically thrives with no supplemental water whatsoever. In fact, watering it will kill it or cause it to go spindly and not bloom.

4-6: 21st Annual Palm Springs Home Expo, Palm Springs Convention Center

5-6: Central Coast Spring Home Show, Santa Maria Fairpark, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11-13: Home Remodeling & Decorating Show, Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena

12-13: California Native Garden Tour, sponsored by Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, self-guided and includes nearly 40 Los Angeles-area gardens, $20

12: Art of the Garden Tour, five Pasadena-area garden estates, plus artworks and music, sponsored by Creative Arts Group, $30 day of tour, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

13: Fullerton Beautiful Garden Tour, self-guided tour, features nine gardens, begins at the Fullerton College Horticulture Dept., 321 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, $10, info: (714) 526-2926 or (714) 871-4156. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

13: Rose Bowl Flea Market, Rose Bowl, Pasadena

18-20: Pomona Spring Home & Garden Show, Fairplex L.A. County Fairgrounds, Pomona

19: Fourth Annual Historic Home Tour featuring The Homes of Mission Hills’ Historic District, San Diego

20: Windsor Square-Hancock Park Garden Party & Tour, stops at five private gardens, lectures on ikebana, orchids and eco-gardening

22-May 18: Philharmonic House of Design, tour new house with interiors and outdoor rooms designed by the American Society of Interior Designers, Orange County, open Tuesdays through Sundays, $30 to $35

23: Architect’s Forum: Views from the Top, in conjunction with AIA Spring Home Tour on May 4, fee for home tour, but forum is free, RSVP by April 16, West Hollywood, 6 to 8 p.m.

24: Tustin Garden Club’s 13th Annual Spring Garden Tour and Luncheon, featuring four gardens in the Tustin hills: a formal European estate garden, a miniature railroad garden, a garden filled with roses and a garden with a view. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

25-26: Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo, free admission, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

25-27: Home Remodeling & Decorating Show, L.A. Convention Center, Los Angeles

26: California Color: Gardening with Native Annuals, Perennials and Bulbs, class with Barbara Eisenstein, Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, Sun Valley, $40, 10 a.m. to noon

26: Fourth Annual Green Gardens Tour, theme: “Gardening with Intent: Water Management,” to benefit the Virginia Avenue Project, a not-for-profit arts organization for kids, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

27: Green Building Tours, hosted by the City of Santa Monica, in conjunction with the Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo

27: Castles to Cottages, self-guided tour of five gardens to benefit Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort, $20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daily through June 30: Getty Villa Architecture and Gardens Tour, Malibu, free, reservations required, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

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(Photo: Grevillea, KPR)


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