Garden-related exhibits and lectures are in full bloom around La Jolla

The San Diego Museum of Art's signature event opens Friday, April 29 in Balboa Park.
The San Diego Museum of Art's signature event opens Friday, April 29 in Balboa Park.

Village Garden Club of La Jolla

• A

succulent workshop

, led by Patsy Eppler of Green Gardens Nursery, will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 as part of the

Garden Club’s next meeting

at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7117 La Jolla Blvd. Eppler will show guests how to make a succulent container garden and guide them in making their own — the extras created will be used for the Club’s Gardeners Market, May 7 at Chase Bank Plaza.

Guests are asked to bring a brown bag lunch (beverages and desserts provided), clean pots (ceramic or unusual glass containers), gloves and clippers, and guests should wear gardening attire. Plants, soil and cuttings will be available. The event is free to members; $10 to guests. Participants must make reservations by calling Ginger at (858) 453-0828.

• Up next: The Village Garden Club of La Jolla will present its annual

“Expressions in Art and Flowers” exhibition

from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Torrey Pines Christian Church’s Hasinger Hall, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. The event will feature 37 floral works inspired by the art works of club members. Admission is $15.

La Jolla Historical Society

Tickets are on sale for the Historical Society’s 13



La Jolla’s Secret Gardens Tour

, Saturday, May 14. The self-guided event begins at 10 a.m. with seven gardens enhanced by artwork and musical offerings. Tickets are $40 for members; $50 non-members at (858) 459-5335 and A Platinum Tour (brunch at Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa, shuttle-service and docent guide) is $140-$150. Locations are announced the day of the tour.

San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

• Displays, lectures and demonstrations celebrating

Asian Horticulture

will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16-17 with a Tea Ceremony 11:30 a.m. Saturday and a Drumming Group from a Buddhist Temple performing 2 p.m. Sunday. The events are free with Garden admission.

• The Garden will also host a

“Spring Party with Bunny,”

for ages 2-6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Limted to 50 kids per party, the event features a bunny hunt, crafts, garden parade and snack.

• A

succulent wreath class

is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 with registration by April 21; $55 members, $65 non-members. Fee includes materials and wreath form. Bring a brown-bag lunch. Dress in layers; class held outdoors. (760) 436-3036, ext. 206.

San Diego Museum of Art

More than 100 floral designers inspired by famous works from

The San Diego Museum of Art’s

collection will create exquisite floral interpretations for the 30th annual

“Art Alive”

exhibition. As the Museum’s signature fundraiser and a San Diego tradition, “Art Alive 2011” will honor the artists, designers and the many people who have participated over the past years.

Renowned floral designer René van Rems, whose work has been featured in “Better Homes and Gardens” and on HGTV, “will transform the rotunda into a breathtaking floral experience.” The show will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1.

In addition to viewing the exhibition during Museum hours, visitors can attend other events: The Opening Celebration, 7-11 p.m. Thursday, April 28 with food, drinks, music, and tickets $200 for members; $250 non-members; the Flowers After Hours party, 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 29 with cocktails, entertainment and activities at $50 for members; $60 non-members. Tickets through (619) 696-1999,




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