Join us today for an informal Japanese Teahouse Tour. Take a peek inside the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn the traditions behind its use. These tours are offered between 12:30 and 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month and are free with general admission.
Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Room of the Botanical Center is the Second Thursday Garden Talk, and this topic this month is “Small Fruit for the Backyard Gardener.” Dan Robinson, owner of Calscape Growers, discusses how to create microclimates in the garden to better sustain fruiting plants such as blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. A plant sale follows the program. The event is free, and no reservations are required.
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. is “The Role of Flowers in the Way of Tea,” a free lecture in the Ahmanson Room of the Botanical Center. Prof. Soryu Machita, Senior Instructor of the Urasenke School of Tea, Kyoto, discusses how flowers are incorporated into the tea ceremony as seasonal markers and as ways of communicating the spirit of hospitality. The lecture/demonstration will focus on chabana, the simple but elegant style of flower arranging derived from the more formal ikebana. No reservations are required for this event.
We invite you to come watch demonstrations of fiber arts on Saturday. The centuries-old crafts of spinning, weaving, and dyeing with natural plant pigments are showcased in a day-long presentation in and around the Herb Garden, where many of the plants traditionally used for dyeing can be found, such as madder (red), chamomile (yellow), and wild indigo (blue). Event is free with general admission.
For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.
Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.