Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants

Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm
(Closed Sunday-Monday)

View the Nursery Inventory - updated every Thursday

What's New
Employment Opportunity:
TPF seeks Nursery Sales Associate. See Details

WILD FLOWER HOTLINE New reports weekly March-May
Read and listen

April 2018 The blog of Mother Nature's Backyard, Garden 15 on this year's Garden Tour, features recipes for native plant foods served to visitors on tour day. Read

4/18/2018 Director of Horticulture Tim Becker is interviewed by KPCC reporter Emily Guerin on 2018 spring wild flower displays. Listen

4/12/2018 Great coverage by Los Angeles Daily News reporter Sandra Berrera of the Garden Tour, plus more information on native plant gardening. Read

4/07/2018 The LA Times Home section features a spectacular landscape on this year's Garden Tour Read

4/03/2018 LA Times Home section features a spectacular new stop on this year's Garden Tour. Read

Now online: La Tuna Canyon Regeneration talks on TPF's YouTube channel. WATCH

Plant of the Month

April 2018:
Atriplex canescens—Four-winged Saltbush or Shad-scale (Chenopodiaceae)
In the Art Gallery
Oil Paintings by Andrew Danielsen

Saturday, February 10 through Saturday, April 21, 2018


Theodore Payne Foundation Patch
Theodore Payne Foundation Patch

NEW! Wear your love for native plants with the Theodore Payne Poppy Patch - sew or iron it on! Available online here or at our Sun Valley HQ.

La Tuna Fire
Open letter to TPF friends from Executive Director Kitty Connolly and Board President DJ Peterson

In Response to the La Tuna Fire, September 2017

La Tuna Canyon Regeneration Series: free lectures and workshop

Sat, Apr 7, 10:00am-4:00pm
Fire-wise Garden Tour, cohosted by Mountains Restoration Trust and TPF
Featuring three gardens in Calabasas. Self-driven.

Sat, Apr 7, 9:00am-4:00pm
Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale, cosponsored by CNPS, LA/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter, and TPF
Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Bl., Encino 91436
Free. Speakers. Displays and book sale, plus plant sale from the Theodore Payne Nursery.

Fri & Sat, Apr 13 & 14
36th National Pesticide Forum, Organic Neighborhoods: For healthy children, families and ecology (cosponsored by TPF)
Irvine, CA
Details and tickets

15th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Sat & Sun, Apr 14 & 15
Detail and Photos    |    Tickets


California Native Plants: The Big Picture, a free talk by Lisa Novick
Wed, Apr 4, 6:00pm
South El Monte Library
1430 N Central Ave, South El Monte 91733

TPF Outreach table and free talk by Lisa Novick at the Altadena Meadows Firesafe Community Meeting
Tues, Apr 10, 7:00-9:00pm
Farnsworth Park Community Hall
568 Mount Curve Ave E, Altadena 91001

Native Plants and Hummingbirds, a free talk by Lili Singer
Wednesday, Apr 11, 5:00pm
Sunkist Library
840 Puente Ave, La Puente 91746

California Native Plants for the Riverside Area, a free talk by Lisa Novick
Sat, Apr14, 10:00am-noon
Western Municipal Water District
14205 Meridian Pwy, Riverside 92518

Landscaping with Native Plants, a talk by Lisa Novick (part of plenary session, Adopting Organic Land Management Practices) at the 36th National Pesticide Forum
Saturday, April 14, 2:45pm
Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences,
100 Academy Way, Irvine 92617

Beneficial Bugs in the Garden, a free talk by Lili Singer at the monthly meeting of the South Coast Rose Society
Thurs, Apr 19, 7:00pm
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes 90247

TPF Outreach Booths at:

Ballona Discovery Park Event
Sat, Apr 7, 10:00am-2:00pm
13110 Bluff Creek Dr, LA 90094

Caltech Event
Fri, Apr 20, 11:00am-!:30pm
Chandler Walk, near cafeteria, 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena 91125

Los Angeles Department of Sanitation EarthDayLA2018
Sat, Apr 21, 10:00am-2:00pm
Highland Park Recreation Center
6150 Piedmont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 9004

Monterey Park Earth Day Festival
Sat, Apr 21, 11:00am-2:00pm
Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park 91754

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. 

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