Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants

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What's New
Seeking Director of Horticulture.
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1/15 - TPF's Lili Singer discusses lawn alternatives on Marketplace radio. Listen

New in our store!

Feb 13 - Name Changes, Natural History and Gardening with California Monkey Flowers.     Feb 27- Native Trees for the Landscape.     Mar 19 - The California Gnatcatcher and (Coastal) Cactus Wren in the Santa Monica Mountains/Simi Hills: Two Species on the Edge with Dan Cooper
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Garden Share Network - a new TPF Nursery program. Read more
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    Water Symposium
    Descanso Gardens
    1418 Descanso Dr.,
    La Canada Flintridge 91011
    Saturday, February 6, 9:00am-5:00pm
    Includes exhibits, TPF plant information table (10am-2pm), and talks by TPF's Lili Singer (11:00am) and Lisa Novick (2:00pm)
    Garden admission.
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    Look, Ma, No Lawn! a talk by Lili Singer
    Palms-Rancho Park Library
    2920 Overland Ave., LA 90064
    Saturday, March 5, 12:00pm

    13th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour:
    April 2-3, 2016
    The gardens for this years tour have been selected. Full details here!

    Tickets are now on sale here!
    Expansion Plans
    CONSTRUCTION IS OVER - NEW CENTER OPENS! The La Fetra Nature Education Center and Gardens, including our new classroom and nearly two acres of new demonstration gardens, were celebrated and dedicated on Saturday, Nov 7.
    Read the press release and please come visit.
    Ed Center!
    Pictured cutting the ribbon: Theresa Lamb Simpson, District Representative for Congressman Adam Schiff; Vickere Murphy, Manager of Green 21 Program for State Senator Carol Liu; Anthony LaFetra; Fran Spivy-Weber, vice chair of the State Water Resources Control Board; Cassy Aoyagi, TPF board president; Kitty Connolly, TPF executive director; and Councilman Felipe Fuentes, Los Angeles City Council

    In The Art Gallery

    Ann Page: Winged, Fluted and Reticulated
    Oct 3-Dec 31, 2015
    New exhibit coming soon.
    details here

    Plant of the Month
    January 2016:
    Ribes speciosum – Fuchsia Flowered Gooseberry
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    February 2016:
    Malacothamnus fasciculatus ‘Casitas’—Casitas Chaparral Bush Mallow (Malvaceae)
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    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.