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

We’re open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm (Closed Sunday-Monday)


Exciting news! Evan Meyer has been appointed as our new Executive Director. 

Mark your calendars! WINTER PLANT SALE, Fri & Sat, Feb 21 & 22. Discounts to all on plants, seed, and TPF gear! Details.

Tickets are available for the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, March 28-29, 2020. GET YOURS NOW. Bring a friend! 

Nov 8, 2019 – Recommended gift for gardeners: Native Plants for Southern California Gardens in The Los Angeles Times. BUY THEM HERE.

Nov 7, 2019 – The Los Angeles Times introduces our Native Plants for Southern California Gardens flashcards. BUY THEM HERE.

Kitty Connolly announces her departure

Oct 3, 2019 – Plant Myths Debunked — including some CA native plant myths — in the Greenwich Times

Oct 2, 2019 – TPF’s Erin Johnson is leading a planting effort at La Canada’s Lanterman  House

Sept 6, 2019 – Garden Design recommends a visit to Theodore Payne Foundation as part of your fall garden planning.


Images courtesy of Marc Kummel

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Theodore Payne Foundation is a non-profit organization that relies on people like you to support our mission through donation, membership, and by planting natives throughout Southern California. Thank you for your support.

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           TPF On the Road

Jan 10, 1pm  – Easy Native Plants for Urban Spaces, a talk by Erin Johnson and seed-starting workshop with Genny Arnold (with discussion of plant uses by Kat High) at the La Mirada Library. Details.  

Jan 11, 2pm – Perfect Partners: Gardening with Natives and All Sorts of Edibles, a talk by Lili Singer at the La Cañada Flintridge Library. Details. 

Jan 18, 1pm – Perfect Partners: Gardening with Natives and All Sorts of Edibles, a talk by Lili Singer, at the Compton Library, 240 W Compton Blvd, 90220

Jan 22, 1pm – The Power of Plants & Right Plant, Right Place, two talks at Rancho Los Cerritos, Long Beach. Details

Jan 25, 1pm – California Native Plant Horticulture, a talk by Lili Singer at the Rosemead Library. Details.





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