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20th Annual

Native Plant Garden Tour

APRIL 15 & 16, 2023

Drought Oasis

Immerse yourself in the landscapes of L.A., where you’ll meet plants, people, and wildlife who are flourishing in spite of severe drought restrictions.  

Like its residents, the gardens of Los Angeles are constantly being reinvented. New water restrictions have inspired Angelenos to look for alternatives to traditional thirsty lawns, but sterile hardscape and artificial turf are more fit for a movie set than a living ecosystem. The secret to thriving in this harsh world? Growing native plants that offer shade, beauty, and abundant biodiversity. 

Spotlighting visionary native plant landscapes across the city, this two-day journey will bring together the cast of characters—people and plants alike–that make Southern California one of the most unique and biodiverse places on the planet. Highlights and featured gardens will be announced in November. Stay tuned!  

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.