Home Matters: Upcoming events, tours and workshops

Jan 28-29: Looking for pointers on and experts to ask about your home remodeling or improvement project? You’ll find them at the San Diego Home Improvement Expo, which also will have exhibits. Cost: free with online registration. When: 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Information: sandiegohomeimprovementexpo.com/.

Jan 28-29: The San Diego Orchid Society will host its winter “Orchids in the Park” show and sale where the lovely flowers can be surveyed and bought. Experts also will discuss plant care and answer questions. cost; free. When: 10:30 am early bird sales, noon to 5 pm exhibit area Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. Where: Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park. Info: sdorchids.com/WinterShow_2023.html.

Feb. 4-5: Need furniture and décor for your home — but on a small scale? You probably could find some at the 48th annual Miniatures Show and Sale, hosted by the San Diego Miniature Crafters. Besides handmade exhibits and sales, there will be “Make ‘n Take” workshops for the adult artist, crafter and collector of dollhouse-sized miniatures as well as for kids. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children (8-12); free Sunday with paid Saturday. When: 10 am to 5 pm Saturday; 11 am to 4 pm Sunday. Where: Hahn University Center, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park Way. Info: sdminiatureshow.com/.

Feb 8: Floral Designer Noel Tribbey, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, will demonstrate special Valentine and floral designs at the Point Loma Garden Club. Cost: free. When: 10 am Where: Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego. Info: plgc.org/event-4897765.

Feb 8: The Poway Valley Garden Club will hear a presentation on “Not Your Mother’s Flower Show.” The club will host its 44th Standard Flower Show on April 15. Cost: free. When: 10:30-11:30 am Where: Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway. Info: powayvalleygardenclub.org/calendar.

Feb 18: Debby Halliday, president of the San Diego Orchid Society, will discuss “Growing Orchids in San Diego Without a Greenhouse” during a meeting of the San Diego Floral Association. Cost: free. When: 2 pm Where: Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park. Information: (619) 232-5762 or sdfloral.org/meeting.htm.

Feb 18: The UCSD Park & ​​Market is the next topic in the Friends of San Diego Architecture Lecture Series. Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor for public programs at UC San Diego, will talk about the new center in Downtown San Diego that serves as the intersection of people, ideas, art and innovation for San Diego. Cost: free students; $5 suggested donation. When: 9:30 am Where: New School of Architecture & Design, 1249 F St., San Diego. Information: (619) 224-8584 or friendsofsdarch.com/fsda-lectures/.

Feb 19: The 25th annual Fungus Fair will feature speakers, offer expert identification of fungi and vendors. The San Diego Mycological Society hosts the fair, which also includes fungi samples. Cost: free. When: 10:30 am to 3 pm Where: Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park. Info: sdmyco.org/.

Feb 21: Want suggestions on growing a lovely garden? The La Jolla Garden Club’s meeting program will be “Create a Beautiful Garden: 10 Tips from a Master Gardener.” Cost: free. When: 1 pm Where: La Jolla Woman’s Club, 7791 Draper Ave., La Jolla. Info: lajollagardenclub.org.

Feb 21: The Japanese Friendship Garden will host a Sustainability Day featuring informational booths and kids’ activities including crafts where children can learn more about sustainability and how they can apply it during their daily routine. Admission: free for local residents; $14 adults; $12 students, seniors (65+) and military; free children 6 and younger. When: 10 am to 4 pm Where: Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Road E., Balboa Park. Information: (619) 232-2721 or niwa.org/sustainable

Feb 23: Author Gordon Hayward will talk about “Fine Paintings as Inspiration for Garden Design” at a meeting of the Village Garden Club of La Jolla. Hayward has written 10 books on garden designs. When: 10:30-11:45 am Where: Congregation Beth Israel, Social Hall, 9001 Towne Center Drive, San Diego. Information: (858) 453-3550 or vgclj.com/programs-for-the-year.

Feb 27: Designer Fran Monroe will discuss at the Bridge and Bay Garden Club an Art Alive Program, encouraging participants to create a floral arrangement inspired by a personal piece of artwork. Cost: free. When: 9-11 am Where: Winn Room, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave., Coronado. Information: (619) 522-7390 or coronado.librarycalendar.com/event/bridge-bay-garden-club-art-alive

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