NativePlantGardenTour

fourth annual theodore payne

  Discover he beauty of Californi a native plants !

saturday, april

28, and sunday, april 29, 2007, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Garden Etiquette
• Please respect property and gardens
• Stay on marked walkways and paths
• Do not damage plants or take cuttings
• No pets
• No smoking
• Children are welcome if properly supervised
• Please be sensitive to neighbors of the gardens
when parking

Free Butterfly Gardening Presentation
Saturday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
Learn the art of gardening for butterflies from the experts, Chris and
Trish Meyer of Wildscaping.com. The presentation is free to Tour ticket
holders and will be held at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood
Boulevard, Hollywood, 90027.
The Garden Tour is sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District,
Crescenta Valley Water District, and Toyota, with additional support
from advertisers inside this brochure.

Smarty
plants.

Look for California Friendly
plants at participating
retailers near you.

Is your garden California Friendly?
California Friendly plants thrive in our
mild winters and warm, dry summers.
They’re durable and beautiful without
needing constant watering.
Best of all, there are hundreds of California Friendly
plants to choose from. They’re more eye-catching
and more environmentally friendly than you may
have imagined.
Not only are they less
thirsty, they also use less
fertilizer and require
less attention than
most annuals and
perennials.
The Metropolitan Water District and the
Family of Southern California Water Agencies

Raise your H2O IQ
at bewaterwise.com.
If you weren’t born with a green
thumb, you can still learn how
to be a California Friendly
gardener at bewaterwise.com.
There you’ll find a complete list
of California Friendly plants,
plus a sprinkler index, and even
online landscaping courses.
Find out how to plant a garden
that uses less water, whether
it’s just a few plants or the
whole yard.

Sat
urday, April 28

Photography Policy
All pictures taken should be for your personal use only. Please obtain written permission of individual garden owners before
publishing any photos. Please note that photography is not allowed at some gardens—see individual descriptions below.

1

Tillman Berm Garden
6100 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, 91406

With virtually no irrigation, this garden demonstrates truly water-wise landscaping with 100% California native plants
that represent the local style of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
531-F3

From 101 Fwy: Exit Haskell, head north to Burbank Blvd. Go right (east) on Burbank to Woodley Ave,
then go left (north) on Woodley to 1600.

garden is accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour
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Gottlieb
1356 Laurel Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Established in 1991, this wonderful garden has many mature specimens that provide food
and habitat for native birds, butterflies, and insects. A steep slope behind the home showcases
plant species that work particularly well for hillside stabilization and erosion control. Be sure
to see the impressive collection of succulents. Wheelchair accessibility is limited in the backyard.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
592-E5

From Sunset Blvd: Turn north onto N Beverly Dr, left on Shadow Hill Way,
then straight ahead to Steven Way and right on Laurel Way.
From SF Valley: Coldwater Canyon south, right on Shadow Hill Way, then
straight ahead to Steven Way and right on Laurel Way.

garden is 65% accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
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See key to garden features below

Rosen
1968 Westridge Road, Brentwood, 90049—DO NOT PARK IN DRIVEWAY

“California natural” best describes this 18,000-square-foot, five-year-old garden conceived,
installed, and maintained by a professional landscape company. The garden features several
slopes and has many mature California lilac, matilija poppy, and flannel bush.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
631-D2

From 405 Fwy: Exit Sunset, go west for approx 2.5 mi to Mandeville Cyn Rd.
Right on Mandeville, left on Westridge Rd. Go approx 1.5 mi, then left onto
Westridge Terr. Park on Westridge Terr. Walk back to Westridge Rd and turn
right to 1968 Westridge. Walk down to house. DO NOT PARK IN DRIVEWAY.

accessible by prior arrangement—call Carmen at (818) 768-1802 | sorry, no bathroom | photography not allowed | new to tour
See key to garden features below

  Key to Garden Features
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butterfly
habitat

bird
habitat

 slopes

clay soil

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water
  features

aromatic

containers

oaks

sustainable
natural/ child-friendly
materials restoration
National Wildlife Federation Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat

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Saturday Gardens
4

Plachowski / Walsh
703 16th Street, Santa Monica, 90402

This 7,500-square-foot eclectic, clever, fun garden is divided into four “rooms,” including a
mountain and desert area in the back complete with a teepee, small “river,” and grape arbor.
Look for Zen-inspired features and special materials including antique manhole covers,
recycled concrete pathways and benches, artist-designed iron fencing, and more.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
631-F7

From 10 Fwy W: Exit Cloverfield, go right (north) on Cloverfield, right on
26th, left on Santa Monica Blvd, right on 17th, left on Montana, right on
16th.

garden is accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

5

Sanchez
2344 Pier Avenue, Santa Monica, 90405

While young (planted in spring 2006), the 1,500-square-foot backyard garden is well planned
for current enjoyment and future growth (though some thinning may be necessary). The
professional landscape company that designed, installed, and maintains the space has included
a small Carex (sedge) lawn/meadow and coastal California natives with the goal of sustainability.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
671-J3

From 10 Fwy W: Exit Cloverfield, left (south) on Cloverfield, right on Ocean
Park, immediate left on 23rd St. Continue south approximately ¼ mile and
turn left on Pier St.

garden is accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography not allowed | new to tour
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Zinner
528 21st Place, Santa Monica, 90402

For this 1937 Cecil Gale-designed home with beautiful Spanish detail, the garden owners have
installed a drought-tolerant garden emphasizing native plants. Features include drip irrigation,
mulched beds, water-permeable decomposed gravel pathways, a satellite-driven irrigation
controller, and an underground cistern disguised as a dry riverbed that catches runoff.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
631-E6

From 10 Fwy W: Exit Cloverfield, right (north) on Cloverfield, right on 26th
St, left on Montana, right on 21st Pl. From 405 Fwy: Exit Wilshire Blvd west.
West on Wilshire to 26th St. Right on 26th, left on Montatna, right on 21st Pl..

garden is accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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garden / garden
1718 and 1724 Pearl Street, Santa Monica, 90405

Santa Monica’s public demonstration gardens, known as garden/garden, opened in May 2004.
Adjacent front yards show two different approaches: a “California-friendly” garden with native
plants, a dry creek bed, and efficient irrigation, and a “traditional” garden. The native garden
uses seven times less water and costs 50 percent less to maintain than the traditional garden.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
671-H2

From 10 Fwy W: Exit Cloverfield, left (south) on Cloverfield, right on Pico,
left on 20th St, right on Pearl St. Use parking lot at east end of block if street
parking is full.

garden is accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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Saturday Gardens
8

Drexler
4165 McConnell Boulevard, Mar Vista, 90066

This garden was designed with homeowner and designer collaboration to get rid of lawn and
create a natural, coastal sage scrub garden. Although installed in March and August of 2006,
plants are filled in and mature-looking.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
672-C5

From 405 Fwy S: Exit Venice, left (south) on Sawtelle Blvd, right on
Washington Blvd (NOT Washington Pl). Go approx 1 mile to McConnell and
turn left. 4165 is the seventh house on the right.

garden is accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour
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Robinson / Peterson
8069 El Manor Avenue, Westchester, 90045

A five-year-old, 4,000-square-foot garden winds around the house. Dealing with roots of the
large, mature sycamore has been a challenge met with ingenuity and determination, resulting
in a lovely, eclectic collection of native plants that attract birds and butterflies.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
702-G2

From 405 Fwy S: Exit Howard Hughes Pkwy. Go right at light, left on
Sepulveda, right on 80th St, left on El Manor Ave. House is on corner of
80th Pl.

garden is partially accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour
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Ballona Freshwater Marsh Preserve
Southwest of intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard, 90094

The preserve is a 23-acre, four-year-old constructed freshwater marsh with riparian woodland
and coastal sage scrub. It has become an oasis for native birds. More than 180 species have been
observed since 2003. As of 2006, 16 native species have nested and successfully raised young
in the marsh, which is what this garden was designed for: to provide wildlife habitat and use
natural wetland ecosystem processes to treat local urban runoff and help improve the quality
of water entering Ballona Creek and Santa Monica Bay.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
702-C1

From 405 Fwy S: Exit Jefferson Blvd and go west past Lincoln Blvd. Make a
legal U-turn and return east on Jefferson. Before Culver, look for black chainlink fence on your right that is parallel to the trail of the Freshwater Marsh.
Park anywhere along the curb, as indicated by the “Visitor Parking” signs.

garden is not accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour
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Ballona Wetlands Dunes
303 Culver Boulevard, Playa del Rey, 90292

This nine-acre natural dunes habitat with native coastal plants has benefited from 10 years of
restoration work by volunteers. It is a functioning ecosystem that attracts native fauna. Look for
examples of plants (including some rare species) that will fit into a coastal home garden.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
702-B2

From 90 Fwy W: Go to end of fwy, go south on Lincoln Blvd to Jefferson
Blvd, turn right on Jefferson and continue until it merges with Culver Blvd.
Continue on Culver to 303 Culver (Gordon’s Market). Turn right into parking
lot and drive to the back and go right into dirt parking lot for the dunes.

garden is not accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour

See key to garden features on page 3

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Saturday Gardens
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Len
5614 Clearsite Street, Torrance, 90505

This young (two-year-old) garden is part of a larger remodel of the home and property.
At the owners’ request, the designer turned a weed-strewn property into one that emphasizes
drought-tolerant plants that attract wildlife, especially butterflies. The front yard is almost
completely landscaped with natives and has a dry stream bed that draws rainwater away from
the house. The back yard is a mix of natives and Mediterranean plants and fruit trees.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
793-A1

From 405 Fwy N: Exit Artesia (toward Redondo Beach). Turn right on Artesia,
left on Hawthorne Blvd, right on Torrance Blvd, left on Palos Verdes Blvd, left
on Linda Dr, left on Clearsite. From 405 Fwy S: Exit Hawthorne and turn
right. Go 3.2 mi south, then turn right on Torrance, left on Palos Verdes Blvd,
left on Linda Dr, right on Clearsite.

garden is partially accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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El Dorado Nature Center
7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach, 90815

This is a large-scale (eight-acre) restoration garden representing oak woodland, coastal sage
scrub, and riparian woodland California native plant communities. See the garden only during
free docent-led tours at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
796-F2

From 605 Fwy S: Exit Spring St. Turn left at first light into Nature Center
entrance.
From 605 Fwy N: Exit Willow/Katella. Go west on Willow to Studebaker. Right
on Studebaker, right on Spring. Look for Nature Center entrance on right.
From 405 Fwy N: Exit Palo Verde. Turn right on Palo Verde, right on Spring.
Look for Nature Center entrance on right.
From 405 Fwy S: Exit Studebaker, left lane (north). Left on Studebaker, right
on Spring. Look for Nature Center entrance on right.
For free parking, inform parking attendant that you are participating
in the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.

garden is not accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour

See key to garden features on page 3

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Gilliland
7647 McGroarty Street, Tujunga, 91042

This garden started seven years ago and has blossomed to include more than 500 native species
with well over 2,500 plants. Encompassing 30,000 square feet of garden area, spanning three
residences and three adjoining lots, the owners’ (and Theodore Payne webmasters’) property
resembles a small botanical garden. They have chosen a less formal, wildlife-friendly look for
their garden that attracts more than 80 species of avian visitors year-round. In addition to
winged visitors, squirrels, jack rabbits, coyotes, and even an occasional bobcat frequent the yard.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
503-J4

From 210 Fwy E: Exit Sunland and turn left on Foothill. Continue on Foothill,
turn right on Mt. Gleason, left on McGroarty.
From 210 Fwy W: Exit Lowell/Tujunga and go straight, bearing right onto
Tujunga Canyon Blvd near golf course. Go left on Foothill, left on Mt Gleason,
left on McGroarty. Park on the north side of the street only.

garden is partially accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
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Theodore
Payne
Foundation

5

CSU Northridge

14

210

2

15
16
1

101
Woodland Hills

Encino

26

27

30
27

Malibu

Universal
City

25

134

Universal
Studios

5

Hollywood

Topanga
State
Park

405
Getty
Center

Santa Monica

6

2

Griffith
Observatory

101

4

7

Venice

5
1

South
Pasadena

Dodger
Stadium

Culver
City

8

Inglewood

1110 9

San
Gabriel

10

710

Monterey Park

Los
Angeles
South Gate

Whittier

5
605

Hollywood
Park

Los Angeles
Int'l Airport

Watts Towers

710

105

1

Downey

Hawthorne

405
Manhattan Beach

Compton

Lawndale
Gardena

La
105

91

Cerritos

CSU Dominguez Hills

Lakewood

Hermosa Beach

Torrance

Redondo Beach

Carson

12

Palos Verdes
Estates
Rancho
Palos Verdes

Long Beach
Airport

710
Lomita

Point Vicente
Lighthouse

2

10

USC
LA Coliseum

110

Marina del Rey

Santa Anita
Park

CSU LA

Staples
Center
LAConvention
Center

90

Cal Tech

San

Civic
Center

10

Pasadena210
Mission Marino
San Gabriel

24

Westwood

Altadena

Rose
Bowl

22 23

West Hollywood

Beverly
Hills

UCLA

Will
Rogers 3
State
Park
Getty
Villa Pacific
Palisades

Hollywood
Bowl

134
19

LA Zoo

La Cañada
Flintridge

210

Glendale

North
Hollywood

North Hollywood

28

Burbank

Burbank-GlendalePasadena Airport

Van Nuys

18
17

20
21

Rolling
Hills

1

110
San
Pedro

Long
Beach
Long Beach
Convention
Center
Queen
Mary

Knott's
Berry
Farm

Disn
& Ca

13

605
CSU
Long Beach
Seal Beach
Naval
Weapons
Seal Beach Station

Ports O’Call
Village

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Map of Garden Locations

Newp
Beac

7

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Gilliland
7647 McGroarty Street, Tujunga, 91042

See description and directions on page 6.

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Mackey
8300 Valecrest Drive, Sun Valley, 91352

The design choices of the garden owner (a co-author of Care & Maintenance of Southern
California Native Plant Gardens) came out of the desire to create a sustainable landscape. Started
in 1997, this garden has evolved into a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat with a native grass lawn,
recycled hardscape materials, harvested rainwater, and compost that givesthe local landfill a break.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
533-B1

From 5 Fwy N: Exit Glenoaks and turn right. Left on Roscoe, right on
Valecrest. From 5 Fwy S: Exit Sunland and go straight. Left on Roscoe, right
on Glenoaks, left on Roscoe (again), right on Valecrest.

garden is partially accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
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Callow
1210 Journey’s End Drive, La Canada, 91011

The owners used a predominantly native plant palette to restore the landscape of this 1948
house designed by Lloyd Wright Jr. (son of Frank Lloyd Wright). The garden design transitions
from formal and architectural near the house to more naturalistic in the lower yard.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
535-A2

From 210 FWY: Exit Angeles Crest Hwy and go north. Left on Lavender Ln,
right on La Canada Blvd to the corner of La Canada and Journey’s End Dr.
Park in driveway, on south side of Journey’s End, or on Vista del Valle
(east of La Canada Blvd and 1/2 block north of Journey’s End). Do not
park on north side of Journey’s End or on La Canada Blvd.

 garden is partially accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
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Hessing / Bonfigli
478 Alameda Street, Altadena, 91001

This young garden has a narrow, semi-formal layout. A decomposed granite path winds from
the street to a rammed-earth bench nestled below a mature oak, which anchors the garden.
Look for a dudleya-planted cliff, a bold art installation, wildflowers, and many fragrant plants.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
535-J6

From 210 Fwy: Exit Lake, go north (toward hills) for 2 mi, cross Woodbury,
then turn left on Alameda St.

 garden is partially accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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Maxwell / Dove
3093 Calanda Avenue, Altadena, 91001

Coastal sage scrub, woodland, and riparian plants populate this three-year-old front yard garden
with several different water features throughout.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
535-G4

From 210 Fwy: Exit Lincoln Ave and head north (toward hills). Turn right on
Altadena Dr and left on Calanda Ave.

 garden is accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour
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Sunday Gardens
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Wickham
1358 Eagle Vista Drive, Eagle Rock, 90041

This garden has an eclectic collection of natives that evoke a cottage theme. The back yard
has a flowing red fescue lawn.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
565-C5

From 134 Fwy E: Exit Figueroa and turn right. Take an immediate left onto
Eagle Vista Dr. House is on left. From 134 Fwy W: Exit Figueroa/Colorado,
take Colorado offramp and turn right at the first signal onto Eagle Vista Dr.
House is two blocks up on right.

garden is accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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Sovich
3208 Castera Avenue, Glendale, 91208

The front garden reflects the Spanish/Mission Revival elements of the house. The back garden
has a semi-formal, symmetrical style. Both areas are somewhat young (less than 3 years old),
and they showcase plants that thrive and are beautiful with low water consumption.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
534-H4

From 2 Fwy: Exit Verdugo Blvd (NOT Verdugo Rd), go left and proceed to
Verdugo Rd. Left on Verdugo and continue south about ¾ mile to Vickers Dr.
Go left at Vickers Dr through the median in Verdugo Rd—not well marked—
and go one block to Castera Ave. Right on Castera. 3208 is on the left and is
the second to last house on the block.

 garden is partially accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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Araujo
1727 Woodland Avenue, Glendale, 91208

Aggressive ivy once covered the sloping front yard. Today it boasts a collection of California
native plants full of life and color.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
534-H6

From 2 Fwy N: Exit Mountain and turn left. Stay in right lane and turn right
on Canada Blvd. Stay in left lane of Canada at Y-intersection with Verdugo.
Right on Woodland. 1727 is the fifth house on the left.

 garden is accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour
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Swedenburg
3758 Griffith View Drive, Atwater Village, 90039

This garden began to take shape seven years ago when the owners discovered Theodore Payne
and fell in love with California native plants. So began the demise of the front yard lawn. The
garden was planted to create a harmonious environment where endangered and rare plants,
along with many favorite native selections, can flourish and provide shelter and food for birds
and insects. This garden is located on the historic alluvial plain of the LA River; therefore, some
of the chaparral plants here tend to grow larger than they would in their native habitat.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
594-D1

From 5 Fwy N: Exit Los Feliz Blvd and head east. Turn right on Glenfeliz and
continue as it curves left past a five-way intersection. At the stop sign, turn
right onto Griffith View.

 garden is partially accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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Sunday Gardens
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Miller / Coon
3245 Garden Avenue, Atwater Village, 90039

The front yard is an eight-year-old garden of manzanita, sage, and oak, and the back garden is
a four-year-old mix of natives and Mediterranean drought-tolerant plants. Both gardens were
created for their fragrance, color, native fauna attraction, and easy maintenance.
Directions >>

From 5 Fwy: Exit Glendale Blvd and go northeast. Turn right on Garden Ave.

Thomas Guide
594-D1

front yard is accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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Scanlon
1751 Lucretia Avenue, Echo Park, 90026

Designed and installed by the owner over the last six years, this garden is planted with species
characteristic of the coastal sage scrub plant community. A sunny hillside slope is packed with
ideas for what to plant for slope stability, low water use, and wildlife habitat.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
594-E6

From 2 Fwy S: Go to the end of the freeway and exit onto Glendale Bl south.
Left on Scott, left on Echo Park, right on Lucretia.
From 101 Fwy N: Exit Echo Park Ave/Glendale Blvd and go straight (north)
on Echo Park. Cross Sunset and go right on Lucretia Ave.
From 101 Fwy S: Exit Alvarado. Left (north) on Alvarado, right on Sunset, left
on Echo Park, and right on Lucretia Ave.

garden is not accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour

See key to garden features on page 3

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Thraves
3562 Laurelvale Drive, Studio City, 91604

This 13-year-old, 6,600-square-foot garden is a shady woodland nestled into a hillside. Plants
thrive with very little supplemental irrigation under native walnut trees, providing habitat and
food for wildlife. Fallen and trimmed branches soften the hardscape. Sun powers a water feature.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
562-H7

From 101 Fwy: Exit Laurel Canyon Blvd and head south, cross Ventura
Blvd, and continue on Laurel Canyon. Go left at Canton Dr, keep left onto
Laurelvale, and go to top of hill.

garden is not accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour

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Taylor
4748 Columbus Avenue, Sherman Oaks, 91403—park offsite

A love for native oaks led this homeowner to learn more about other natives and transform her
garden into a lovely retreat. Sages line the pathway to a small cabin in the backyard that is
sheltered by a coast live oak, giving the yard a wild “cabin in the woods” atmosphere. A beautiful
fountain greets visitors in the front garden, which is sunny and full of aromatic natives. Native
grape vines cover a fence, providing food for birds and people alike.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
561-H4

From 405 Fwy N: Exit Ventura Blvd. Go left on Sepulveda, cross Ventura, and
go right on Moorpark, left on Columbus. From 101 Fwy S: Exit Sepulveda
and go left. Turn left on Camarillo (at the traffic light), right on Columbus.
Park on Camarillo. There is no parking on Columbus.

 garden is partially accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
See key to garden features on page 3

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Sunday Gardens
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Meyer
4006 Milaca Place, Sherman Oaks, 91423

The landscaping here is for the benefit of wildlife. There are more than 400 varieties of California
native plants, plus compatible Mediterranean and Southwestern species, nearly every one
selected because a bird, butterfly, or critter could make use of it as food, shelter, or material to
raise young. For more information on this garden, please visit www.wildscaping.com.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
562-A5

From 101 Fwy: Exit Van Nuys, head south, cross Ventura Blvd to the Tintersection with Valley Vista. Go left on Valley Vista, right at first traffic light
(Beverly Glen), left on Millbrook, right on Milaca Pl.
Park head-in in cul de sac in front of house to save space. Parking in
driveway is okay, but please do not block neighbors. No parking on
east side of Milaca before cul de sac.

garden is not accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | returning to tour
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Molinaro
4300 Hayvenhurst Drive, Encino, CA 91436

This 42,400-square-foot hillside of black walnut woodland with wildflowers, perennials, and
coastal sage scrub was established in 1998.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
561-D5

From 101 Fwy: Exit Hayvenhurst, proceed south to Lanai Rd, turn uphill
on Lanai and travel south over hill to canyon bottom. Turn right on
Hayvenhurst. Park at the end of the road.

garden is not accessible | bathroom available | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour
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Entz
10900 Gaynor Avenue, Granada Hills, 91344

The owners of this garden reworked their once-flat lot into a picturesque, gently sloping
landscape. Tall oaks initially planted from acorns now provide privacy for the homeowners and
sanctuary for wildlife. Several endangered and rare species thrive in this certified Backyard
Wildlife Habitat. The spring wildflower display is spectacular.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
501-F2

From 405 Fwy N and 5 Fwy N / S: Exit San Fernando Mission Blvd and head
west (right from 405 and 5). Turn left on Gaynor.

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Kirby
20730 Hillside Drive, Topanga, 90290

Oak woodland and chaparral define the look of this 30,000-square-foot garden built into a
hillside. There are several mature manzanitas and California lilacs, as well as toyon, oaks, conifers,
sages, and wildflowers.
Directions >>
Thomas Guide
590-B4

From 101 Fwy: Exit Topanga and go south, continuing on Topanga past
Mulholland. Hillside Dr is across from Froggies. Turn onto Hillside Dr and
continue up this narrow road to 20730.

garden is not accessible | sorry, no bathroom | photography allowed for personal use only | new to tour

See key to garden features on page 3

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Thank You

Many thanks to you for attending the fourth annual Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Garden Tour, to the participants for opening
their wonderful gardens, to our volunteers for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm, and to our sponsors for their assistance in making
this year’s Tour possible.
About the Gardens on the Tour
Each contains at least 50 percent California native plants, revealing their beauty, practicality,
and environmentally friendly qualities, as well as a wide range of design expression, from
formal to natural. Each is a true labor of love and represents the vision of its gardener to
create a place in harmony with Southern California’s climate, vegetation, and wildlife.

Celebrating the Legacy of Theodore Payne
Theodore Payne came to California in 1893 and fell in love with our landscape. He devoted
for much of his life to helping Californians see the exceptional beauty of their natural heritage.
nurseries
were the first to offer a diverse selection of native plants, and his talks inspired
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program.
many across Southern California to preserve and research native plants. Through this Tour,
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Share Your Thoughts/Get in Touch With Us
If you have feedback or suggestions about the Tour, the Tour brochure, ideas for new
gardens, or if you’d like to learn how to become a sponsor of next year’s Tour, please e-mail
Carmen at programs@theodorepayne.org. We would love to hear from you!

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Crescenta Valley
Water District
and the

Family of Foothill
Municipal Water Agencies

want to remind you to

 conserve water
this summer!

You can find water conservation tips and information on
how to keep your yard beautiful while using less water at

www.bewaterwise.com
Water Conservation Tips
1. U 
se only as much water on your lawn as you need to. Step on your grass—if it springs back when you
lift your foot, it doesn’t need water. Use the watering calculator and watering index to learn just how
much you should water. Saves 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.
2. Fix leaky faucets, plumbing joints, and your sprinkler system. Saves 20 gallons a day for every leak stopped.
3. Install a new “smart” sprinkler controller that figures out the right amount of water for your landscape based on
information about your plants and garden environment.
4. R 
eplace a portion of your lawn with beautiful native and California Friendly Plants. Saves 1,000 to 1,800 gallons
a month, depending on your climate.
5. Replace your old washing machine with a new, high-efficiency model. Saves 20 to 30 gallons per load.
6. Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Saves 300 to 800 gallons a month.
7. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Saves 150 gallons or more each time.
8. Shorten your showers. Even a 1–2 minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month.
9. If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. You will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90%.
10. R 
epair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water
each year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons per day.

Welcome

to the fourth annual Theodore Payne
Native Plant Garden Tour!

This brochure is your ticket and guide to the two-day Tour, a self-guided journey through some of
the most beautiful Los Angeles area gardens containing at least 50 percent California native plants.

How to Get the Most from Your Tour

The gardens are divided into two groups—one group open
Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and a second
group open Sunday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Use the
descriptions and map inside to plan your own personalized tour.
Bring this brochure with you to show as your entry ticket
at each garden. For plant lists and more photos, please see our
Garden Tour Web site at www.theodorepayne.org/Tour/tour.html.

About the Theodore Payne Foundation
Founded in 1960 to carry on the work of California native plant
pioneer and preservationist Theodore Payne, the Theodore Payne
Foundation is a nonprofit retail California native plant nursery,
book and seed store, and education center open to the general
public year-round. Come to our Sun Valley location to learn more
about us or visit our extensive Web site, www.theodorepayne.org,
to see a vast amount of plant information, our weekly nursery
inventory, Wildflower Hotline details, a calendar of upcoming
classes and events, and so much more.
Printed on recycled paper

Theodore Payne Foundation
for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc.
10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-2126
Tel: (818) 768-1802 Fax: (818) 768-5215
Wildflower Hotline: (818) 768-3533
E-mail: info@theodorepayne.org
Web site: www.theodorepayne.org

this is your ticket and guide to the
fourth annual theodore payne

 native plant garden tour

The Robinson/Peterson garden in Westchester, open Saturday, April
28, overflows with colorful and aromatic sage blossoms (see page 5
for details).

2007 Garden Tour Committee
Carmen Wolf, Coordinator
Ken Gilliland, Webmaster
Acorn Publishing, Design Services Keith Malone, Consultant
Theodore Payne Foundation Staff and Board, Tour Assistance
Acorn Publishing, www.acornpubs.com