Video courtesy of Aerial Inspired Reality

Theodore Payne Foundation inspires and educates Southern Californians about
the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes.


September 9, 2018 — The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good, a post on The Urban Forager blog, including Kitty Connolly’s views about the conflict between water conservation and local food production.

August 31, 2018 – Native Landscaping Sells Houses, an article by Kitty Connolly in Green Home Builders Magazine

August 22, 2018 – A Frontier for Native Plant Landscapes: Public Housing, an article about TPF’s work in California Native Plant Society’s Flora magazine. Interview with Tim Becker and Kitty Connolly.


September 29, 2018 – Visit Theodore Payne Foundation at the Watts Tower Day of the Drum Festival

September 29, 2018 – Check us out at the Association of Professional Public Designers, Greater LA District, and Los Angeles Arboretum’s Designer Plant Fair.

October 19, 2018 – Theodore Payne Foundation is pleased to participate in the Very Special Arts Festival at the Music Center again this year!

October 24, 2018 – Special FALL PLANT SALE Preview on Wednesday, October 24, from noon to 6:00 PM for members at the Contributor level and above.

October 25 – 27, 2018 – FALL PLANT SALE with discounts for all from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM all three days.

April 6 – 7, 2019 – 16th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS


September 29, 2018 – Half-time Manager of Outreach position open for outgoing, energetic native plant enthusiast!

La Tuna Fire, One Year Later, Part 2

by Tim Becker It was hard to imagine what would come of the fire that my colleagues and I saw ripping through the Verdugo Mountains in September of 2017. We witnessed the power of fire and wind to transform acres upon acres of thick, decades old vegetation to ash and...

La Tuna Fire, One Year Later, Part 1

One year ago today, the La Tuna Fire broke out. At first, it was like any nearby fire in Los Angeles. You know the drill: You are paying attention, you see the announcements, and you keep an eye on it. Then the smoke starts rising, you are less certain of the...