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12th Annual Theodore Payne Foundation
Native Plant Garden Tour

Saturday & Sunday, March 21-22, 2015
Open to visitors: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

About the Native Plant Garden Tour

The Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour is a proud tradition of more than a decade. It is the Theodore Payne Foundation’s largest outreach event of the year, showcasing gardens that, in addition to beauty, demonstrate watershed protection and resilience ecology. Proceeds from the Tour benefit the Foundation’s non-profit native plant nursery and education programs – California treasures since 1960.

Tour Criteria:

Gardens must be within Los Angeles County.
Plant coverage must be least 50% native and include no invasive non-native species.
Each garden should be a labor of love in harmony with Southern California’s climate, soil, natural vegetation and native wildlife.
Gardens are reviewed with the following questions in mind:
“If this was someone’s first time viewing a native garden, does it leave them with a positive impression?”
“Are the majority of focal plants in this garden native to California?”

The garden application period will be open now through November 17, 2014.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the application period.

Applications submitted outside of the application period cannot be considered.

Garden selection will be completed by December 1, 2014.

Gardens meeting the tour criteria are selected for overall impact and outstanding attributes. Included in the selection process is a desire to represent a variety of geographical locations, styles, innovative ecological features, sizes and levels of maturity.

The 2015 tour will include 35-40 gardens, including new and returning gardens.

Requirements for Homeowners/Designers:

-Garden hosts must be present from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. on tour day.
-Garden hosts must respond to all communications regarding the tour in a timely manner to allow for development of website, production of tour guide and tour coordination.

Questions about the tour or this application process?
Please check our FAQ section first, and if your question is not addressed email the Garden Tour Coordinator directly: Margaret Oakley Otto at [email protected]

Manhattan Beach garden on the 2014 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.

Garden in Manhattan Beach.

FAQs

Q: How do you decide which gardens to include on the tour?
A: Gardens meeting the tour criteria are selected for overall impact and outstanding attributes. Included in the decision making process is a desire to represent a variety of geographical locations, styles, innovative ecological features, sizes and levels of maturity.

Q: Is there a place I can look at photos of gardens from past tours?
A: For 2014 gardens visit: www.2014.nativeplantgardentour.org For 2013 gardens visit: www.2013.nativeplantgardentour.org

Q: Do returning homeowners (previously on tour) need to fill out a 2015 application?
A: Yes, we ask that all returning homeowners please fill out a new 2015 application. There is some new information in this application.

Q: I submitted my application. When will I hear back?
A: Margaret Oakley Otto, the Garden Tour Coordinator, will respond to applications as soon as she can, no later than December 1, 2014.

Q: I submitted an application in previous years. Can I apply again?
A: Yes, we encourage you to apply again. Each year’s Native Plant Garden Tour is unique.