Propagation is the heart of the Theodore Payne Nursery and the core of the Foundation’s mission. Behind the scenes, our production team grows more than 65,000 plants each year from cuttings and divisions from our mother stock, as well as from seed, bulbs and purchased “starts.”
Our propagation crew includes three full-time and two part-time employees, as well as four dedicated volunteers, who are responsible for growing the majority of the plants for sale in our retail nursery. It is thanks to their knowledge, skill and care that TPF fulfills its mission to propagate and make available California native plants to the general public.
TPF offers hands-on classes on California native plant propagation on a regular basis. See our calendar of Events and Classes for the current schedule.