April 11, the second day of the annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, focuses for the most part on home gardens in eastside communities, including 13 in the San Gabriel and Crescenta valleys. This means not only shorter drive time, but practical plant-selection tips — because if you see something you love, chances are you can successfully add it to your yard, too (same/similar growing area).
The two-day do-it-yourself tour is informative, convenient and reasonably priced. For $20, you’ll receive a program guide via mail or email with descriptions of the approximately 25 gardens open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. At each garden, owners and volunteer docents will be on hand to talk about saving water, attracting butterflies and gardening without pesticides. All featured gardens are planted with at least 50% native plants.
The folks at The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, which organizes the tour, remind participants to bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, water and snacks and note-taking supplies. Wear good walking shoes and check the information carefully for accessibility notes on each garden. Photos online allow you to preview the gardens and plan your itinerary.
7th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, Saturday April 10 and Sunday April 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gardens throughout the L.A. area. Tour is self-guided. For information, call 818.768.1802 or go to theodorepayne.org.