Tuesday, March 24

While the Sales Yard and Bookstore remain closed until further notice, we are happy to announce that our new plant takeout system is up and running. You can select plants from our inventory, pay over the phone, and pick them up safely without coming into close contact with any staff or other customers. Orders can be placed anytime, pickups are currently available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Poppy Day discounts (Members 15% off; Non-members 10% off; plus 20% discount to all on 4” California poppies and spring annuals) will extend until April 4th. Our online store is also open and available for you to pick up seeds, books, clothing and other merchandise.

The newly configured online garden tour is coming together! We will be sharing more information soon. Plan to get together with the California native plant community on March 28th and 29th for two days of celebration of fantastic LA gardens and plants.

We are reacting quickly to the evolving situation, so check back for updates. We want to recognize our board, supporters, members and customers who have made donations, online and takeout orders and helped in so many ways over the past several weeks. Thank you! If you are able to make a financial contribution this is a critical time, and your gift will help ensure we come through this crisis stronger than ever. Tax deductible donations can be made here.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at info@theodorepayne.org, or by calling (818) 768-1802 ext. 0

– Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants


Tuesday, March 17

As the situation with the COVID-19 virus has progressed, it has become clear that we must do our part to protect the health and safety of our community, no matter how much that may impact our organization. Today we announce that we are closing our Sales Yard and Book Store, effective immediately.

As a non-profit that is primarily funded through direct sales, memberships and class revenues, this is not an easy step for us to take. Our team is incredibly important to us, and we are doing everything we can to take care of them during this time. We are exploring options for drive-through pickups and other safe ways to buy plants and will share updates soon.

In the meantime, if you love Theodore Payne Foundation, please consider making online purchases of gift cards, mail order items, memberships, or making tax-deductible donations. We will get through this and bring our community back together in person as soon as we can to celebrate our strength and resilience.

Our thoughts are with all of those directly affected by this situation. In this frightening time, we hope that you may find solace in your garden, in nature, and with California native plants.


March 14: We are shocked and saddened by the news of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please know that we are monitoring the situation closely and following Centers for Disease Control and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) recommendations. We have some updates to share with you now. As the situation progresses and we evaluate conditions, we will update this post.

  1. The Sales Yard remains open. We have implemented new protocols to minimize risk. We are regularly sterilizing nursery carts, door handles, counter surfaces, and other high touch areas. Our sales team will not be shaking hands with customers and will maintain safe distance (one-two meters) from customers and other staff members. Staff members who feel any sign of sickness are not coming to work. We ask our customers to maintain safe distance and to not visit if they feel unwell.
  2. The Poppy Day Spring Plant Sale, March 21, has been cancelled. However, the Sales Yard and Store are open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30-4:30, and sale discounts will be offered through the end of March. We encourage you to shop on weekdays to avoid crowds.
  3. Classes on Saturday, March 14, have been cancelled. Please check our website for updates on future classes at TPF.
  4. We are evaluating other upcoming events on a case-by-case basis.
  5. We are closely following recommendations from LACDPH, and will make changes to these plans in accordance with their guidelines.

We will closely monitor this situation and change our plans as needed to ensure the safety of our community. Our thoughts are with those directly affected by this situation. In this frightening time, we hope that you may find solace in your garden, in nature and with California native plants.

– Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants