Welcome to the 16th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour!
Since 2003, Theodore Payne Foundation, together with passionate native gardeners throughout LA County, has set the standard for Southern California’s sustainable landscaping. The Garden Tour has proven time and again that native gardens are beautiful, can be designed on any budget, and that each of us plays a critical role in supporting biodiversity. These exemplary landscapes show us a vision for the future of Southern California: a future teeming with life.
Over these 16 years, nearly 20,000 people have taken the Garden Tour, and almost 600 gardens have participated (including perennial favorites!). This year’s Tour showcases 29 gardens, including 14 new to the Tour. We are thrilled to see outstanding new native gardens being created each year and are honored to work with generous homeowners and designers who want to share these landscapes with the public.
About the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants
Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants, a non-profit organization established in 1960, re-wilds Southern California by bringing native plants back into our cities, creating habitat that supports local ecosystems, and helping people embrace our shared natural heritage. TPF’s 22-acre Sun Valley site is home to an education center, retail nursery, demonstration gardens, hiking trail, art gallery and bookstore. Admission is free, and the grounds are open to the public year-round. Learn more at theodorepayne.org.
About the Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Garden Tour
The gardens on this tour contain at least 50% native plants. Each garden is a personal expression of place, created in harmony with Southern California’s climate, soil, natural vegetation, and native wildlife. Visit nativeplantgardentour.org for plant lists and photos of each garden, as well as more information about the Tour and its sponsors. The gardens are divided into two groups: one open Saturday and the other open Sunday. At each location, the native plants are labelled, and garden owners, designers, and docents can tell you about the site’s unique challenges and characteristics. We are grateful for the community of people that make this event possible. A very special thank you to the garden hosts and designers for opening their wonderful gardens to the public, and to our volunteer docents for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors. We are deeply grateful for the support of our sponsors – including the local agencies, organizations, and businesses represented here.
Key to Garden Features.
Photos are for personal use only; photos used for print, web or other media must be credited: 2019 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.
Sponsor the Garden Tour
Sponsorships from local agencies, businesses, and organizations make this annual outreach event possible. If you are interested in tour sponsorship, contact Tour Coordinator, Margaret Oakley Otto, [email protected] | (310) 717-7380
Design Your Own Landscape With California Native Plants
Inspired by the tour? Attend Theodore Payne Foundation’s Three-Part Native Garden Design Course, taught by professional landscape designers, many of whom are featured on the tour. Classes are offered year round. Learn more and sign up here.
Use the descriptions, photos, and map on this site and in your printed tour guide to plan your personalized excursion. For a relaxed pace, most people visit 4-7 gardens per day.
Garden Tour Etiquette
- Wear your button to gain entry to each garden.
- Stay on marked walkways and paths; respect property and gardens.
- Photos are for personal use only; photos used for print, web or other media must be credited: 2019 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.
- Leave plants and seeds in place: do not collect seed or take cuttings.
- No smoking.
- Children are welcome. Children under 16 do not require a ticket. They must be supervised at all times.
- Visit only on open days and during tour hours. Please be mindful that only gardens participating on the Tour are open to the public.
- When parking, please be sensitive to garden neighbors
- Wear your button to gain entry to each garden.
Garden Tour on Social Media
Include and search these hashtags: #theodorepayne #nativeplantgardentour
No Pet Policy
We love your furry friends, but please leave all pets at home. Pets are not permitted on the Garden Tour. Please respect the generosity of our participating homeowners by honoring this guideline.
Volunteer to be Garden Docent
Docents help the Garden Tour play a vital role in the success of the tour. They are ambassadors on behalf of the Theodore Payne Foundation, and provide an interpretive element for garden visitors. Docents welcome tour attendees, validate tickets, and talk about the beauty, practicality and environmental benefits of gardening with California natives.
Attendance of one docent training and some knowledge of native plants are required. Docents are welcome to visit the gardens on the other day for free, receive a free garden tour t-shirt (a collector’s item!) and are invited to the garden host and docent thank-you party after the tour.
To become a Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour Docent, or for more details, contact Brenda Kyle at [email protected]. Thank you!
Apply to Have Your Garden Featured on the Tour
Is your garden planted at least 50% California native and in Los Angeles County? Apply to be part of the 2020 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.