Video courtesy of Aerial Inspired Reality

Theodore Payne Foundation inspires and educates Southern Californians about
the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes.


Thank you !! to everyone who made the Gathering of Friends such a success. It is always wonderful to see so many good friends!

As fires once again blaze in California, our hearts go out to those effected. TPF has a series of recorded lectures and classes on fire response and preparation on our YouTube channel. Search for “fire.”


November 15, 2018 – Southern California gardeners turn to social media for advice features TPF’s discussion group, in the Daily News.

October 25, 2018 – Go native in your garden with these blooming ornamental grasses includes advice from our own Lili Singer.


January 25-26, 2019 – Winter Plant Sale from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM with discounts for all – Plan your winter planting now!

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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...