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APRIL 15 & 16, 2023

Spring of Life

As lawns go dry across Southern California, opportunity is knocking. Life can spring from our cities while we reduce our outdoor water consumption and strengthen our communities. Find out what this looks like on the 20th annual Native Plant Garden Tour on April 15th and 16th, 2023. This year we are pulling out all the stops, highlighting visionary native plant landscapes across the city, and the cast of characters—people, plant and animal alike—who make them what they are. Join us as we reorient towards an ancient, ever-changing spring—the overflowing abundance of nature.

To capture this year’s theme, artist Kelly Malka has created a graphic novel style representation of the life that persists despite the ongoing drought, and how less can be more when it comes to saving water and restoring habitats in Southern California. 

A SoCal Tradition: The Native Plant Garden Tour

Since 2003, more than 600 public and private landscapes have participated in the Native Plant Garden Tour. Ranging from coastal container gardens to modernist foothill estates to experimental urban homesteads, each unique design offers beauty and critical habitat for wildlife in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. The gardens on this tour contain at least 50 percent native plants.

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Become a Sponsor

Local agencies, businesses, and organizations make the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour possible. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, click the button below.

Theodore Payne Foundation inspires and educates Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes. The Native Plant Garden Tour is our premier outreach event, showcasing the region’s most spectacular gardens.