If or not a sale or a display house is your thing, our roundup of five things to do and watch this spring has something to you.
The New York Botanical Garden
SALE — April 27–29, 2012
Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale
New York Botanical Garden, tent supporting the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, New York
Whether you are on the search for an early-20th-century metal weeping willow shrub or woven wicker furnishings, you’ll find the great antique garden ornament at the 20th annual New York Botanical Garden antiques purchase. Over 30 exhibitors will provide objects dating from the 18th century through the mid-1950s. The oldest object in this year’s series is a huge terra-cotta oil jar reputed to have been found in an excavation in the church of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls at Rome. Enjoy tours and booth talks provided by specialists as well as complimentary tea and chocolate tastings.
Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: $20 adults, $18 students and seniors, $8 kids, free for members
Buy tickets online
SHOWCASE — April 28—May 13, 2012
St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators’ Showhouse and Gardens
5 E. 71st St., Indianapolis
See more than 50 designers changed a sprawling 20,000-square-foot Northside residence and three acres of gardens in this year’s series house. Highlights include a creative yoga space, a gift-wrapping channel and even a secret safe room. You will walk away motivated to refresh your own home or get started considering own dream space.
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 12–5 p.m.; closed Monday
Price: $20, 12 and younger $5, two and under free
Buy tickets online
Riemann Chair at Mirror-Polished Stainless Steel
SALE — May 3–6, 2012
Spring Show NYC
Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City
Currently in its second season, the Spring Show showcases the finest in English, American and continental furniture, such as paintings, decorative arts, manuscripts and autographs, tapestries, clocks and much more. The four-day occasion is a vetted series: Each item in every booth is considered by panels of specialists for credibility and comprehensive labeling.
If you are interested in studying the background of the curated things, then attend a lecture on power decorators Dorothy Draper and Elsie De Wolfe, or about Empress Eugenie’s outré Oriental Chamber in Chateau Fontainbleau. See the full lecture schedule
Hours: Thursday, Saturday, 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Price: $20 one-day pass, $40 five-day pass
Buy tickets online
SALE — May 4–6, 2012
Los Angeles Modernism Show and Sale
Barker Hanger in Santa Monica Air Center
3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, California
If you’re looking for that exceptional midcentury seating piece or decorative wall sculpture, browse offerings from over 40 exhibitors. The entry tent this year features a tribute to Ray and Charles Eames, with the participation of their daughter, Lucia Eames, and granddaughter Llisa Demetrios.
Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Foundation Landscape Design
SHOW — May 12–13, 2012
Particular LA Spring Show
The California Market Center
110 E. Ninth St., Los Angeles
If impartial design is your thing, save the date for Particular LA to store merchandise from 325 hand-selected designers and artists, such as Foundation Landscape Layout (photo). The two-day shopping occasion encourages you to buy locally and support community leaders. And if you are not in the mood to pick up a brand new thing or 2, you are able to play Caine’s Arcade and meet the very particular 9-year-old who created the elaborate arcade.
Hours: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Price: $10 at the door
Purchase advance tickets online
More layout events: April 12–May 3, 2012, April 19–May 20, 2012
What is in your calendar?Let us know in the Comments.