Sun Valley in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Embracing the Nature of California
As a young man, Theodore Payne (1872-1963) immigrated to Southern California from England to pursue a career in horticulture. He fell in love with the local flora, especially our wild flowers, which were threatened by development. Mr. Payne worked as a gardener and seedsman before opening his own nursery in 1903. By 1906, he was cultivating California wild flowers and offering their seeds for sale.
Passion For Native Plants.
Over the course of his long career, Mr. Payne concentrated more and more on California native plants and became a powerful advocate for their use in urban landscapes. He brought more than 400 different native plants into cultivation, lectured and published on their horticultural value, and developed many important public and private gardens.
When "Theo"retired in 1960, his supporters formed the non-profit Theodore Payne Foundation to honor and sustain his legacy. The Foundation carries on Theodore Payne’s extraordinary vision to re-wild the gardens of California. We do this by promoting the value of native plants, working for
Erected by Theodore Payne Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 34° 14.238′ N, 118° 21.573′ W. Marker is in Sun Valley, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Tuxford Street east of Wheatland Avenue. At the end of a narrow driveway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley CA 91352, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portal of the Folded Wings (approx. 3.3 miles away); Pierce Brothers Valhalla Dignity Memorial (approx. 3˝ miles away); McGroarty Home (approx. 3.6 miles away); Bolton Hall (approx. 4.2 miles away); Burbank Branch Railroad (approx. 4˝ miles away); Sister Elsie’s Well (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Griffith Ranch (approx. 4.7 miles away); Burbank City Hall (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Regarding Theodore Payne. Visitor center, bookstore, and nursery are open Tuesday-Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm.
Also see . . . Theodore Payne Foundation Website (Submitted on June 5, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on June 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.