We'll admit it: Sometimes we go to the Natural History Museum just to hang out in the garden. With the Rose Garden and the museum's own collection of California native plants, not to mention the abundance of flowers gracing the Butterfly Pavilion, we don't always make it into the museum itself. The Natural History Museum gets this, which is why it's offering a free summer festival series, Summer Nights in the Garden, complete with DJs, food trucks and educational programming. At the kickoff July 11, master preserver Emily Ho, locally famous for her blog Roots & Marvel and her contributions to The Kitchn and KCET Food, will teach a pickle-making class, while in the Willow Hut, artist Mileece Petre will create a soundscape inspired by the sounds of nature — everything from Norwegian mud to Canadian icebergs to French crickets to Costa Rican birds. Each of the five nights will feature a different crafting workshop: DIY birdhouse, anyone? Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park; Fri. July 11 & 25, Aug. 1, 15 & 29, 5:30 p.m.; free, registration required. (213) 763-3466, nhm.org.
Fri., July 11, 5:30 p.m., 2014
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