Potted is very excited to be one of the few locations selling tickets for the 2015 Annual Native Garden Tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation. And if you purchase the tickets through us or directly from the Theodore Payne store in person, you will also not incur any additional handling fees.
Born in England, Theodore Payne immigrated to the US just before the turn of the last century. A self described “seed man,” he found his way to the fertile valleys of Southern California where he began his life-long love affair with California native plants.
In fact, Theodore Payne and his wife, Alice, lived right here in Atwater Village and bought 10 acres next to the Franciscan Pottery factory on Los Feliz Blvd…the same street Potted is located on now. Alas, in 1941, Mr. Payne lost his property to the City of Los Angeles and was forced to rent from the Gladding McBean Company, who owned Franciscan. In 1960 the Theodore Payne Foundation was established to:
To promote, preserve and restore California landscapes, and habitats
To propagate and make available California native plants and wildflowers
To educate and acquire knowledge about California flora and natural history
But in 1963 they were evicted from the Los Feliz nursery and had to move. Today the foundation thrives in their Sun Valley location where they continue to propagate and showcase the beautiful native plants that Theodore Payne so loved.
To that end, each year the Foundation has an extensive garden tour to honor these beautiful plants and show Angelenos how they too can have a gorgeous garden using mainly native plants.
Here are some of the homes that will be featured on this year’s tour to wet your appetite for more (all photos curtesy of Theodore Payne Foundation).
The two day, self-guided tour takes you to 47 gardens over the March 20th and 21st weekend.
And while it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get to that many gardens in the two days allotted…
You will definitely want to try to see as many as you can.
Here is one of my all-time favorite native plants, the California Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum).
And I love these old springs used as garden art in this lovely garden.
And who says California Natives don’t have flowers?
Purchase by 2/28/15 for early bird discount ($25/member, $30/non)
Otherwise $30/member and $35/non. We have plenty of tickets at Potted for no additional surcharge or you can order them online from Theodore Payne Here for a nominal fee.