Theodore Payne Foundation
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The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1960 to promote the understanding and preservation of California native plants. The Foundation is incorporated in California and located in Sun Valley, about fifteen miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, where it operates a nursery and education center focused on California natives. Programs include the propagation of a wide range of species and cultivars of the California flora for use in the home landscape; collection and process of seeds from the wild for use in propagation; educational programs for children concerning plant-animal relations, butterflies, and human uses of native plant materials; and courses in the horticulture, botany, and ecology of California native plants for the general public. Major events include an annual garden tour in the greater Los Angeles area featuring gardens with at least 50% California native plants, the Wildflower Hotline, from March to May, which provides information on the best places in California to view wild flowers; and an art gallery specializing in botanical illustration, botanical portraits, and other artistic and historical subjects concerning the California flora.
Theodore Payne Art Gallery
The Theodore Payne Art Gallery features historical and contemporary artworks depicting the California flora as technical illustrations and botanical portraits, as well as cultural, historical, and other exhibits featuring the California flora. Historical artists featured in the gallery include Alice Chittenden, Ethel Wickes, and Jane Pinheiro. Contemporary artists featured include photographers Fred Kuretski, Richard Dickey, and Ken Gilliland, and artists Melanie Symonds, Pamela Burgess and Elinor Nissley.