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Donations matched this month!

The first Farewell-to-Spring (Clarkia) blooms of the season are upon us, signaling that spring is in full effect in Southern California! As you admire the blooms this month, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF). Just...

Rain or Shine

Cloudy skies and steady April rains could not dampen the 2024 Native Plant Garden Tour! As I made my way across greater LA to visit inspirational native plant landscapes last weekend, I was struck by the grit and determination of our community. Rather than let the...

Superbloom Season?

Is it going to be a superbloom this year? I’ve been asked this question so many times recently that it’s worth taking a moment to unpack it. Driving up La Tuna canyon yesterday, I noticed thick, lush patches of Phacelia carpeting the road cuts. I feel confident saying...

Grab a Shovel

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining a volunteer planting day with 25 middle schoolers at Jackie Tatum /Harvard Recreation Center in South Central LA. Next to a skate park and tennis courts, we took an old vacant garden bed and turned it into a pollinator...

New Year, New Plan

Happy New Year from Theodore Payne Foundation! 2023 was a big year for us, and we are very excited for what 2024 has in store. The beginning of the New Year is always a good time for reflection and path setting (and those resolutions, which I hope we all stick to!)...

Foggy Mornings

On the ride to drop my daughter of at school a couple of days ago on a cold December morning, it was foggy. Really foggy. We could barely see ten feet in front of us. As the car heater was warming up, she shivered in the back seat. Don’t worry I told her, it will burn...

Planting Season

It’s officially planting season. I hope you’re enjoying the cooler weather, and getting excited about the chance of rain later this week. And finding time to appreciate late blooms and rusty seed heads swaying in the uniquely angled November light. I know I am! As...

Oaktober

It’s Oaktober! And yes, Seedtember just finished - we’re very fond of calendar puns here at Theodore Payne Foundation. For me, of all the CA native plants out there, oaks are probably most deserving of their own pun of the month. They are the workhorses of Southern...

Seedtember

Happy September, or should I say Seedtember! This month, we are celebrating all things seed at TPF. To say that 2023 has been a special weather year is an understatement. With rainfall way above average across Southern California, wildflowers proliferated throughout...

Conversations

As we head into the long, hot stretch of Southern California summer, things typically start to slow down in the native plant world. Leaves fall, flowers turn to seed, and the soil dries, changing the landscape dramatically. One of my favorite things to do during this...