SoCal Landscapes Through the Seasons

A Journey Through Place and Time

Join us for an interactive at-home experience of California native plant gardens and landscapes through the seasons. Expanding from spring to an entire year of transformation, TPF’s 18th Annual Garden Tour will take you on an adventure through a select group of gardens with HD video and 360-degree views. Together, we’ll become immersed in the urban ecosystem and the native plant community which makes it thrive. 

Experience the Garden Tour spring event that took place April 16-18, 2021 over Zoom and YouTube and featured: stunning garden footage, landscape designer and homeowner interviews, expert panel discussions, experimental music performance, native plant beer tasting, and a keynote address from Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home.

The Final Chapter: Dormancy

Join us on October 6th for the conclusion of our 2021 Native Plant Garden Tour. We’ll revisit the gardens to show how they have changed from winter, through spring and into the summer. During this live conversation held over Zoom and YouTube, we’ll discuss California native plant gardens in the summer and early fall: what to expect, how to design for year round interest, and how to appreciate the natural cycles of the Southern California seasons. Watch Replay.

Explore the 2021 Garden Tour

360-degree views and interviews with homeowners, landscapers, designers, community leaders and land managers that create, sustain, and live in relationship with these ecosystems 

2021 Artwork

The artwork for the 2021 Native Plant Garden Tour is a portrait of the Humboldt lily (Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum) by Gene Bauer. Humboldt lilies grow wild in the hills of Southern California, and make wonderful garden specimens in greater Los Angeles. As geophytes (latin for earth-plant), they spend half of each year underground, waiting for winter rains for leaves to emerge before growing up to eight feet tall with profuse orange blooms arriving in June. With this dramatic annual cycle, we feel the Humboldt lily is the perfect icon for the 2021 tour, which celebrates native plant landscapes and their deep connection to the unique seasons and climate of Southern California. 

A SoCal Tradition: Explore Past Tours

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.

Thanks To Our Sponsors

Local agencies, businesses, and organizations make the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour possible. We encourage you to follow the links below to learn more about our sponsors, and the great work they do. 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.