Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour

The Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, an outreach event of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, takes place Saturday & Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2016, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The two-day self-driven tour features 41 private and public gardens in the Los Angeles area.

On Saturday, April 2, gardens in Los Angeles, the Westside and South Bay will be open for touring.

On Sunday, April 3, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley locations will be open.

Following the tour, on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, the Theodore Payne Foundation’s Poppy Days Plant Sale will be held at the Foundation’s nursery in Sun Valley from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In addition to being beautiful, gardens on the tour nurture pollinators and other wildlife, save water and energy, and thrive in our local climate. The gardens also support native bird and insect populations. These unique landscapes are sustainable, creative and distinctly Californian. A wide variety of garden styles, budgets and sizes are represented. Examples of container gardens and a no-mowing-required meadow are included along with rainwater harvesting and other water catchment designs.

Private garden owners – many of whom designed and installed their own landscapes – will be on site to share secrets of their success. Professionally designed gardens are also on tour, as well as a few public landscapes. Theodore Payne Foundation docents will be available at gardens to answer visitor questions.

All tickets cover both days of the Tour. Pricing is as follows:

Beginning March 3: Drought Special. Since it looks like we’re heading into a fourth year of drought, it’s important that everyone get the chance to be inspired by low-water beauty! We’ve lowered the price by $5 per person and will refund those who have already purchased tickets.
· Single tickets: $25 for members and students; $30 for non-members.
· A pair of tickets (two tickets): $40 for members; $50 for non-members.

New this year: Share the beauty of the Tour by sponsoring a ticket ($15 each) for someone not able to afford one. TPF will distribute sponsored tickets through our education and community partners. See for details.

Tickets available at

The Tour website,, includes photos, descriptions, and plant lists for all participating gardens.