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Theodore Payne Foundation


Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) is a nonprofit organization that inspires and educates Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plants. Located on 22 acres of canyon land in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, the TPF headquarters includes a full-service nursery featuring native plants, seeds, and nature-themed books and merchandise, alongside display gardens, wildland hiking trails, an art gallery, indoor and outdoor educational facilities, and extensive plant production areas. Offering a wide range of public classes, garden tours, and a variety of outreach and advocacy initiatives, TPF invites all to explore the role of native plants in local ecology, aiming to make the communities of Southern California more beautiful, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

The Theodore Payne Foundation's Native Plant Seed Collection offers a unique opportunity to delve into the rich biodiversity of California's native flora. With a diverse array of seeds sourced from native plants, this collection provides a hands-on learning experience, allowing participants to observe the fascinating adaptations that have evolved over centuries in response to the region's unique climate and ecosystems. This collection serves as a window into the beauty and resilience of California's native plants.


phone: (818) 768-1802

Theodore Payne Foundation
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