Japanese Teahouse Tours
JULY 8, MON, 12:30–4 PM
Take a peek inside the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered at hourly intervals on the second Monday of every month. No reservations required. MORE

Garden Talk & Plant Sale: Colombia, Tropical Plant Paradise
Dylan Hannon, curator of tropical collections, answers the question “Why does The Huntington keep sending me to Colombia?” Plant sale follows the program. MORE

Botany for Gardeners
JULY 13, SAT 9 AM–3 PM
Whether you grow plants for food, fiber, or fun, a more complete understanding of botany brings greater enjoyment to your gardening. In this lab-based class led by Jim Folsom, director of the botanical gardens, participants explore the elements of basic plant structure, development, floral biology, and nutrition that impact how plants grow and perform. REGISTER

Tropical Nursery Tour
JULY 21, SUN, 1:30–3 PM
Go behind the scenes with Dylan Hannon, The Huntington’s curator of tropical collections, for a tour of the botanical nurseries where rare orchids, aroids, ferns, and carnivorous plants are grown. RESERVATIONS

Ranch Open House
JULY 27, SAT, 10:30 AM–1 PM
What’s new on the Ranch? Self-tour The Huntington’s urban agriculture site and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. MORE


Taste of Art: The French Court
JULY 13, SAT, 9 AM–12:30 PM
Explore the dining practices and culinary traditions of the 17th- and 18th-century French court in this class led by Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites. After viewing French paintings and decorative arts in the gallery, participants prepare a meal inspired by recipes from period cookbooks. REGISTER

Painting with Nan Rae
JULY 17 & AUG 21, WEDS, 11 AM–3:30 PM
Artist Nan Rae, author of The Ch’i of the Brush, continues her popular watercolor classes inspired by the art of Chinese brush painting. REGISTER

Embroidery Workshop
JULY 27, SAT, 9 AM–4 PM
In centuries past, young girls learned needlework at an early age and their handiwork was often displayed with great pride in the family home. Try your own hand at embroidery in a workshop with Ann Chaves of Inglenook Needlework Studio. Each participant will embroider a small table runner in a botanical motif based on an Arts and Crafts design. REGISTER


Taking the Scenic Route to Fitness

A walk in the gardens. Those words usually conjure up a leisurely stroll through a beautiful landscape, with plenty of “stopping to smell the roses” along the way. Most of us would agree that there are few better ways to relax and recharge. But pick up the pace a bit as you’re out there enjoying the scenery and you might find yourself getting quite a nice cardio workout at the same time. READ MORE


“Founding Gardeners” on iTunes U

In July 1776, as George Washington prepared for the British attack of New York, his thoughts turned to mountain laurel, flowering dogwood, and redbud. Find out why by listening to Andrea Wulf’s Huntington talk about her 2011 book Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. LISTEN


Southwest Chamber Music

JULY 13–14, JULY 27–28, SAT–SUN, 7:30 PM

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble Southwest Chamber Music is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its popular summer concert series at The Huntington. The July 13–14 program, on the loggia of the Huntington Art Gallery, includes music for winds by Stravinsky and Mozart, plus Oliver Knussen’s Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh. On July 27–28, Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz’s Baalkah for Soprano and String Quartet shares the program with Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Shoenberg’s Verklärt Nacht. TICKETS

When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage
Through July 8

Useful Hours: Needlework and Painted Textiles from Southern California Collections
Through Sept. 2

Revisiting The Cottage Door: Gainsborough’s Masterpiece in Focus
Through Dec. 2

Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940–1990
Through Dec. 31 (Online Exhibition Only)