The 2016 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour

A two-day self-guided journey through 41 of the region’s most beautiful and inspiring private and public landscapes.

About the Garden Tour

The gardens on this tour contain at least 50% native plants. Each garden is a labor of love, a place created in harmony with southern California’s climate, soil, natural vegetation and native wildlife. The gardens are divided into two groups: one open Saturday and the other open Sunday. At each location, you’ll meet garden owners, designers and docents. Use the descriptions and icons on this site to plan your personalized excursion, choosing 4-7 gardens to visit each day at a leisurely pace.
The Foundation is indebted to the participants for opening their wonderful gardens to the public, and to our volunteer docents for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm. We are immensely grateful for the support of our sponsors—including local businesses, agencies and organizations.

Garden Tour Etiquette

Show this tour guide to gain entry to each garden
Stay on marked walkways and paths, respect property and gardens
Do not damage plants or take cuttings
No pets allowed
No smoking
Children are welcome; they must be supervised at all times
Visit only on open days and during tour hours
When parking, please be sensitive to garden neighbors

How to Attend

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 $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.

For information on becoming a member: visit membership
Tickets are available online, by phone at (818) 768-1802, or at the following retail locations:

Theodore Payne Foundation
Tuesday — Saturday
8:30 AM — 4:30 PM
(Closed Sunday — Monday)
10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley 91352

Monday — Saturday: 10 AM — 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM — 5 PM
3158 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90039

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.

Photography Policy

Photos are for personal use only; any photos used for web or media must be credited to the 2016 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.

Become a 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 Garden Tour Docent, or for more details, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Andrew Chaves at [email protected]. Thank you!

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Poppy Days

Following the tour, on April 15 and April 16, Theodore Payne’s Annual Poppy Days Plant Sale offers discounts to the public on native plants. Poppy Days runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Foundation’s nursery in Sun Valley.

About the Theodore Payne Foundation For Wildflowers and Native Plants

The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and protection of California’s native plants. Our 22-acre Sun Valley site is home to an education center, retail nursery, demonstration gardens, and bookstore. We are free and open to the public year round. Learn more about us at The Native Plant Garden Tour is the Foundation’s largest annual outreach event.

Apply to be on 2017 Garden Tour

For more information or to apply, visit the 2017 application:

Photos from previous tours

To see photos from the 2013 garden tour please visit the 2013 Garden Tour site.
To see photos from the 2014 garden tour please visit the 2014 Garden Tour site.
To see photos from the 2015 garden tour please visit the 2015 Garden Tour site.

Contact the Tour Coordinator

If you have feedback about the tour, or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Margaret Oakley Otto, the Tour Coordinator at: [email protected]. We would love to hear from you!

Contact the Web Developer

If you have feedback, suggestions, or experience issues using this website, please email the Web Developer, Philip Oakley Otto at [email protected]. He would love to hear from you!