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How does your garden grow?

We keep telling hubby that thumbing through gardening books is his way of learning what to plant. Our way is to go to the Boston Flower & Garden Show’s “Seeds of Change.” This year’s theme about environmental concerns and veggie gardens features more than 20 gardens by professional landscape designers, nurseries, and historic properties. March 13 from 10 a.m.-
9 p.m. (through March 17). $20, $17 seniors, $10 ages 6-17. Seaport World Trade Center,
200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 781-237-5533. www.bostonflowershow.com

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World music Finland-born Jussi Reijonen (pronounced “You-see Ray-yo-nen”) grew up in five countries across three continents, and his new CD “Jussi Reijonen: un” honors the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and folk music of the Middle East and Africa. The string player’s worldly quintet hails from Finland, Turkey, Sweden, Palestine, and Spain. 9 p.m. $10. Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330. www.rylesjazz.com

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A career in crime Just when you think you’ve heard all there is to hear about the man in the orange jumpsuit, another book appears on the Bulger horizon. This one, “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice” by Globe journalists Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, covers the former crime boss’s criminal career, women, paranoia, support of the IRA, Boston busing crisis, and more. The authors will talk with NPR’s Robin Young. 6 p.m. $5. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com/event/kevin_cullen
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A big bang for your buck Six seasons is a pretty good track record in TV land, and it’s one held by the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” If you have questions for the cast, creators, and executive producers, submit them via Twitter at the “PaleyFest Featuring ‘The Big Bang Theory’ ” live broadcast. 10 p.m. $15. Participating movie theaters including Regal Fenway Stadium 13 & RPX, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-424-6111. www.fathomevents.com

It’s all a blur Andrew Witkin takes advantage of his skills as a gallery director and curator to collect, arrange, and organize stuff. At “Among From With Andrew Witkin: Platform 11,” furniture, text, and everyday objects convey his point. Wednesday hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (through April 21; March 17 artist’s talk at 1 p.m.). $14, $12 seniors, $10 students 13 and older, free under 13 and for active-duty military personnel and their families. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355. www.decordova.org

THURSDAY

Blowing the blues Harmonica player Jerry Portnoy soaked up the blues working with Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters, and for his Joe’s BBQ and Blues residency he performs with his Jerry Portnoy Trio . March 14, 21, and 28 at 8:30 p.m. No cover (reservations recommended). Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ and Blues, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227. www.smokenjoesbbq.com

Lunch at Lindsey Soak up the mezzo-soprano voice of Pamela Dellal accompanied by violinist Heidi Braun-Hill and theorbo player Olav Chris Henriksen. The Emmanuel Music program includes pieces by Monteverdi and Bingen. March 14 at noon (final series program March 21). Free. Leslie Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. Boston. 617-536-3356. www.emmanuelmusic.org

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