Preserving the Theodore Payne Collection

Underlying all of our work at Theodore Payne Foundation is preservation: preservation of biodiversity, preservation of California’s landscapes, and preservation of Theodore Payne’s legacy. We learned long ago that the best way to keep precious things safe is to share...

Top Ten: June 2019

Big demand for narrow-leaf milkweed in June: hurrah for the butterflies!   Asclepias fascicularis Salvia spathacea Festuca californica Achillea millefolium Romneya coulteri Stipa (Nassella) lepida Aquilegia formosa Heuchera ‘Santa Ana Cardinal’ Salvia...

Top Ten: May 2019

Larger perennials take over this time of year with white sage leading the way.   Salvia apiana Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ Trichostema lanatum Lepechinia fragrans ‘El Tigre’ Achillea millefolium Romneya coulteri Helianthus annuus Salvia...

Top Ten: April 2019

Spring planting continues with a focus on flowers. The explosion of butterflies and blooms is inspiring folks!   Sphaeralcea ambigua ‘Louis Hamilton’ Eschscholzia californica Achillea millefolium Penstemon spectabilis Penstemon heterophyllus...

City of Butterflies / Ciudad de Mariposas

Let’s face it: lawns are dull. They’re one type of plant, spread across acres of land and supporting few, if any, animals. They’re good for ball fields and marching bands, but otherwise they’re generally a waste of water and space. It’s no wonder that children...