Beyond Milkweed: More Plants for Monarchs

by Asher Guzik, Assistant Nursery Manager
The foundations of any monarch butterfly garden undoubtedly rests on our native milkweeds (Asclepias spp.), as these are the only plants monarch caterpillars can eat. Though you may have to wait to plant milkweed, there is something you can do for monarchs now: plant nectar sources for adult monarch butterflies.

Top Ten: January 2019

It’s getting time for wild flowers so it’s good to see California poppy as the top seller in January 2019. I’m pretty sure it was dreams of even more flowers that sent Channel Island bush poppy home with so many folks, too. Another of our local collections, this time a toyon, made it into the top 10.

Growing Milkweed from Seed

By Jordan Isken, Production Manager
At the winter plant sale this last weekend one of the most frequent requests from customers was for milkweed plants. Jordan Isken, Production Manager, details exactly how we grow it so that you might be able to start your own this year from home (with seed purchased from our shop!).

Bestsellers in 2018

For all you growers out there who are wondering which California native plants to carry, here is are our top ten sellers for all of 2018. Number 6, Trichostema lanatum, can be a bit tricky to grow but the rest have all made our “easy” lists in the past.

Top Ten: December 2018

These were our top ten sellers in December 2018. Not surprisingly, Margarita BOP had a good month in both 4 inch and 1G, but the California buckwheat from the Verdugo Mountains, a product of our Local Source Initiative, broke into the top ten as well. Penstemon...

Blue Palo Verde

Theodore Payne himself introduced the blue palo verde into cultivation so I am especially pleased to have this update on its cultivation here at TPF, a story that involves our entire Horticulture Department.

La Tuna Fire, One Year Later, Part 2

by Tim Becker It was hard to imagine what would come of the fire that my colleagues and I saw ripping through the Verdugo Mountains in September of 2017. We witnessed the power of fire and wind to transform acres upon acres of thick, decades-old vegetation to ash and...

La Tuna Fire, One Year Later, Part 1

One year ago today, the La Tuna Fire broke out. At first, it was like any nearby fire in Los Angeles. You know the drill: You are paying attention, you see the announcements, and you keep an eye on it. Then the smoke starts rising, you are less certain of the...