Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants

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What's New
Current employment opportunities at TPF: Seed Program Assistant, K-12 Educator (Part time), Communications Intern

4/29/2016 - The Horticult blog profiles ten favorite plants seen on the Garden Tour. Read

04/14/16 -- Gayle Anderson of KTLA visited with Kitty Connolly at the Foundation to find out more about Poppy Days. Read

4/06/16 - Kitty Connolly talks with KPFK's Pam Wilson about the Theodore Payne Foundation and the virtues of native plants. Listen

4/05/16 - Erik Knutzen shares his 2016 garden tour experience on his Root Simple blog. Read

04/01/16 -- Lisa Boone of the Los Angeles Times interviews Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour coordinator Margaret Oakely Otto who explains the way sustainable gardens enlarge our outdoor experience. Read

3/29/16 -- On The Kind Life blog Alicia Silverstone thinks the Garden Tour is a great way to spend the day! Read

3/29/16 -- Houzz visits ten magnificent gardens from this year's tour! Read

3/25/16 -- Preview the Native Plant Garden Tour with KTLA's delightful Gayle Anderson. Read

3/18 -- Los Angeles Times' 2016 guide to spring garden tours in Southern California. Read

3/17 -- Pasadena Weekly considers the advantages of native plants and visits three homes on this year's garden tour. Read

March -- Garden Design shows off some of the fine gardens on this year's native plant garden tour. Read

3/7 -- Garden Betty blogs about native plants, TPF, and the Native Plant Garden Tour. See details

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  • Wild Flower Hotline
    Weekly updates on the best locations for viewing spring wildflowers, posted each Friday through May. view report here

    In the Art Gallery
    Estelle DeRidder: California Native Plants and their Pollinators

    May 7 through August 20, 2016

    Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2:00-4:00pm

    details here

    Plant of the Month
    May 2016:
    Dudleya brittonii—Britton’s Dudleya, Giant Chalk Dudleya (Crassulaceae)
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    BirdLA Day 2016
    Saturday, May 7
    Sponsored by Audubon California
    More than 50 FREE bird-related events throughout LA County
    Learn more.

    Birding at Quail Hollow
    A Special BirdLA Day event, sponsored by TPF. Saturday, May 7, 9:00am-noon

    Visit the TPF booth at these spring events:

    Friends Fest, Plant Sale & Ecofair
    Saturday, April 30, 10:00-3:00
    Friends Meeting House, 524 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91104

    City of Glendale Earth Day
    Saturday, April 30, 10:00-4:00
    Central Park, 201 E. Colorado St., Glendale 91205
    Planting demo by TPF's Tim Becker, 12:30-1:15

    Earth, Rain and Flora Garden Festival
    Sunday, May 1, 10:00-5:00
    Tarzana Community and Cultural Center,
    19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana 91356

    Placerita Canyon Nature Center Open House
    Saturday, May 14, 10:00-3:00
    19152 Placerita Canyon Rd., Newhall 91321

    Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival
    Sunday, May 15, 9:00-6:00
    Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills 91301
    Fee for admission.
    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.