Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants

SUMMER HOURS : Open Thursday-Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm
(Closed Sunday-Wednesday)

View the Nursery Inventory - updated every Thursday

What's New
New employment opportunity: Volunteer Engagement Coordinator. See details here

7/18/2017 Science (and garden) writer Emily Green penned this excellent essay for KCET to accompany their new documentary about Descanso Gardens. Insightful and informative. Read.

Theodore Payne and TPF Executive Director Kitty Connolly are featured in this lovely new KCET documentary about Descanso Gardens. Watch.

Internal growth: TPF Board President Cassy Aoyagi and Executive Director Kitty Connolly recently completed the Annenberg Alchemy+ training; and Kitty and TPF Seed Program Manager Genny Arnold took part in the Grantsmanship Training. We are so grateful that such excellent professional development is supported by the Annenberg Foundation, Steinmetz Foundation, California Community Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, S. Mark Taper Foundation, and Dwight Stuart Youth Fund. Thank you!

In the Art Gallery

The Gottlieb Native Garden:
Photographs by Susan Gottlieb

Saturday, May 6 through Saturday, August 19, 2017


Plant of the Month
August 2017:
Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point’—Pigeon Point Dwarf Coyote Brush

Under The Sun - Help TPF Go Solar

Garden Tour
15th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Sat & Sun, April 14 & 15, 2018:

Apply now to have your garden on the tour.
Don't be shy -- apply!


POTTED: a demonstration and booksigning with Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray of Potted (the store) in Atwater Village
Saturday, September 16, 10:00-11:00am
Free - RSVPs requested

Celebrate Seed Season! Harvesting and Processing Seed from the Native Garden , a talk by Genevieve Arnold
Southern California Horticultural Society
Thursday, August 10, 7:00pm
Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr., LA 90027 (near Griffith Park)

TPF Outreach Booth @ Adult Summer Reading Finale: Grow a Better World
Saturday, August 19, 1:00-3:00pm
Santa Monica Main Library Lobby
601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica 90401

Discover the Beauty of California Native Plants
The Theodore Payne Foundation, established 1960, operates a year-round, retail nursery offering the region’s largest and most interesting selection of California native plants – hundreds of different species and cultivars, many of which are drought tolerant and low maintenance. Our Education Center and Outreach programs offer classes and field trips for adults and children.

Our mission is to preserve, propagate and promote California native plants, seeds and wild flowers – native treasures that conserve water and other resources, provide habitat for wildlife, and add color and fragrance to the garden. 

Our Sun Valley grounds in the NE corner of the San Fernando Valley (map) are a great place to visit. The TPF store stocks books, seeds, garden tools and more. You’ll also find an art gallery, picnic area, hiking trails and expert staff to answer questions about native plants. On-leash dogs are welcome. There is no admission fee.