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Take Some Time to Smell the Native Plants

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We live in a beautiful part of the world, don't you think? Despite the fact that sometimes it feels like all we ever see are the taillights and inane vanity plates of the car we're stuck behind, if we take some time to check out all the flora and fauna that our soil produces, we might get that nice swift kick in the rear from Mother Nature we didn't even know we needed.

On Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29th, concrete-weary Angelenos can take part in the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, which is a self-guided journey through 30 of the most beautiful and interesting gardens containing at least 50% California native plants. It's $20 per person for 2 day tour, and will give you the opportunity to encounter 30 gardens throughout Los Angeles, in neighborhoods such as Altadena, Atwater Village, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Encino, Glendale, Granada Hills, La Canada, Long Beach, Mar Vista, Mid-Wilshire, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Sun Valley, Topanga, Torrance, Tujunga, Van Nuys, and Westchester. (Whew, that's a lot of ground to cover!)

Each garden will be an exemplar of how our abundant native Californian plants can be used in concert with other aspects of our environment, like water conservation, fruit production, and attracting butterflies or wildlife. Homeowners and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide explanations. And speaking of winged creatures, all tour ticket-holders can enjoy a free lecture on gardening for butterflies from experts Chris and Trish Meyer of, which will take place at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on Saturday April 28 at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased by phone (before 4/14) or online, and the proceeds benefit the programs of Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, a nonprofit retail nursery, book & seed store in Sun Valley.

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Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2007
10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day/ $20 per person
Website or Phone (818) 768-1802.