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


Theodore Payne Foundation will be closed Dec 24-26, 2018, and Jan 1, 2019. Happy Holidays!


December 12, 2018 – TPF seed kits are featured in the Los Angeles Times 10 gift ideas for your white elephant game on a budget! Get them in our store and online.

December 10, 2018 – An Intro to California Native Plants with Kitty Connolly, a conversation with Mukta Mahan on KXLU 88.9.

November 27, 2018 – Wise words about planting natives and praise for Theodore Payne in this LA Public Library blog.

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 in the Orange County Register includes advice from our own Lili Singer.


Fires have once again struck in California and our hearts go out to those effected. See TPF’s fire-wise landscape series on our YouTube channel and our position paper on regeneration versus restoration after The La Tuna Fire.


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

April 6-7, 2019 – 16th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour! Get early-bird tickets here.

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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…

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