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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Garden Tour Reveals the Beauty of California Native Plants

The Theodore Payne Foundation announces their Garden Tour for 2005. I have visited this site on several occassions and always find it enlightening. I wish my garden was a bit sunnier so I could use more natives, but I have a few scattered here and there.

Click on the photo for a small gallery from one of our visits.

Garden Tour Reveals the Beauty of California Native Plants

Southern California residents will have the chance to experience the beauty of and ease of gardening with California native plants at the Second Annual Theodore Payne Native Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $20.

(PRWEB) February 20, 2005 -- More than twenty gardens in communities across Los Angeles County will show how easy it is to attract birds and butterflies, use no pesticides and conserve water with little maintenance.

The gardens on the tour reflect different designs, climates and locations, including sunny and shady spots, moist and dry areas, front and back yards, formal designs, including Mediterranean styles, and informal designs that reflect a more natural setting. Gardens in the tour have been created by owners as well as landscape design professionals.

The garden tour is self-guided. A docent and the garden owner will be on hand at every location to answer questions. Many of the plants will be marked and some gardens will have before and after pictures, in addition to comments about how the garden was created.

The gardens are located in the communities and cities of Altadena, Atwater Village, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Glendale, Granada Hills, Highland Park, La Canada, Lawndale, Mid-Wilshire, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Sunland, Sun Valley and Tujunga.

For more information and reservations for the tour please call (818) 768-1802 or visit www.theodorepayne.org.

For more than 40 years, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc. has dedicated itself to restoring California’s native landscape one garden at a time. The Foundation operates the Theodore Payne Nursery in Sun Valley, which offers more than 400 native plant species and 200 seeds to the general public. In addition to the nursery and the garden tour, the foundation conducts classes, and collects and sells seeds of native plants and wild flowers. The foundation and nursery honor the legacy of Theodore Payne, who opened his first nursery in 1903 in Los Angeles.


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