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“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…

Summer Garden Care

When temperatures rise, garden maintenance slows but never ceases entirely. Summer tasks include strategic weed control, careful watering, selective pruning, seed harvesting, and more. And summer is the perfect time to imagine possibilities for your native plant...

New Website V3

In early 2014, just after I started working here, Theodore Payne Foundation premiered a new web site, the product of many months of work. This was a big step forward for TPF and a crowning accomplishment for former Executive Director Lynnette Kampe. After four years...