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


Throughout January 2019 – View portions of the Foundation’s seed collection on display in the lobby of the Edendale Branch Library. 

Saturday, January 19, 1:00-3:00pm – Opening of the new exhibition, Pat Warner: Floragalora, in Theodore Payne Gallery.

Saturday, January 26 – Seed Banking: Ancient Practices, Modern Applications, a free talk by TPF Seed Program Manager Genevieve Arnold at the Edendale Branch Library.

January 25-26, 2019 – Winter Plant Sale from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM with discounts for all – Plan your winter planting now!

April 6-7, 2019 – 16th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour! Get early-bird tickets here.


December 12, 2018 – TPF seed kits are featured in the Los Angeles Times 10 gift ideas for your white elephant game on a budget! Get them in our store and online.

December 10, 2018 – An Intro to California Native Plants with Kitty Connolly, a conversation with Mukta Mohan on KXLU 88.9.

November 27, 2018 – Wise words about planting natives and praise for Theodore Payne in this LA Public Library blog.

November 15, 2018 – Southern California gardeners turn to social media for advice features TPF’s discussion group, in the Daily News.

October 25, 2018 – Go native in your garden with these blooming ornamental grasses in the Orange County Register includes advice from our own Lili Singer.


Fires have once again struck in California and our hearts go out to those effected. See TPF’s fire-wise landscape series on our YouTube channel and our position paper on regeneration versus restoration after The La Tuna Fire.

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