The opening weekend features an Ikebana Flower Show with Japanese floral arrangements on display in the Museum’s Main Gallery and courtyard. Katsuko Thielke and her students will give demonstrations of the ancient art of Ikebana in the Los Altos Library’s Orchard Room on Sat, April 6th from 2-3:30pm, and Sun, April 7th, 11am-noon. Katsuko Thielke is a master Sogetsu instructor whose work has appeared in San Francisco’s De Young Museum’s Bouquets to Arts for fifteen years, and teaches at Hillview Community Center.
Beginning April 11th, the Museum will offer programs and artistic displays from The Garden Club of Los Altos, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The Main Gallery will feature Garden Club members’ original artwork, talks, children’s activities and floral demonstrations. An opening reception will be held on Sun, April 14th, 2-4pm.
The free programs, with a 2pm start time, include:
- “Off the Charts,” creating flower arrangements in unusual containers. Thurs, April 11th
- “Dress Up Your Dinner Party Table,” designing a centerpiece. Fri, April 12th
- “Let’s Go to the Chelsea Flower Show,” a talk on Britain’s premier garden show. Sat, April 13th
- “Vases & Flowers,” creating floral accents in travel “finds.” Thurs, April 18th
- “Hooray for Sunflowers,” activities for kids on the life cycle of plants. April 18th
- “A Floral Collage,” composing a montage with cut-out images. Fri, April 19th
- “Create Your Own Botanical Art,” creating art from garden cuttings for kids. Fri, April 19th
- “Container Gardening with Amazing Succulents,” designing with succulents. Sat, April 20th
Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.
The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.
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