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As a service to the public, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center collects information on native plant societies, conservation groups, governmental agencies, botanical gardens, arboreta, and other plant-related organizations throughout North America. Click here to add your organization to the directory. Affiliates are organizations that partner with the Wildflower Center to encourage the preservation and use of native plants in different regions of the country.

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Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants

Address: 10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley, CA 91352

Region: California

Phone: (818) 768-1802
Web: www.theodorepayne.org

Organization Structure: Private Non Profit
Organization Scope: State/Regional
Organization Type: Natural Heritage

Services this organization provides

  • Wildflower or native habitat display on property
  • Provide educational programming
  • Open to the public
  • Membership program
  • Offer public programs, trips, seminars, etc.
  • Propagate native plants
  • Native plant sales

Native Plant Focus: The Theodore Payne Foundation operates an education center and retail native plant nursery, has an active seed collection program in Southern California with Local Source Initiative that offers plants propagated from locally sourced materials. TPF also operates a recorded and online Wild Flower Hotline (818-768-1802 ext. 7) from March through May with weekly reports on best sites for viewing in Southern and Central California.

Publications: informative website with downloadable plant guides; e-newsletter

Description: The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, Inc., established 1960, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving native plants of California through education and the propagation and sale of California native plants to the public. In 2003, the Foundation celebrated 100 years since Theodore Payne opened his first nursery selling California native plants and seeds. Theodore Payne came to Los Angeles in 1893 and fell in love with the California flora. He urged the use of California native plants and lectured across the state on preserving landscapes native to California. By the time he retired in 1958, Payne had made over 400 species of native plants available to the public. The mission of the foundation is: to promote and restore California landscapes, and habitats; to propagate and make available California native plants and wildflowers; and to educate and acquire knowledge about California flora and natural history.

Last Update: 2017-03-21
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