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 22, 2018 – Opening reception for Artist-in-Residence Julia Paull: Perfect Mason in the Theodore Payne Gallery.

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


August 7, 2018 – TPF seeks Bookstore Assistant. See details

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...

“Can I Eat That?”

It’s surprising how many visitors to public gardens ask if ornamental plants are edible. For most people, this is a question that rarely comes up outside of vegetable gardens, farmers’ markets, or grocery stores, especially when the plants in question are clearly not being cultivated as food. But frankly, aside from breathing oxygen, eating is our primary interaction with plants…