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SoCal Landscapes Through the Seasons

A Journey Through Place and Time

The 2021 Garden Tour was an interactive at-home experience of California native plant gardens and landscapes through the seasons. Expanding from spring to an entire year of transformation, this series of virtual events took viewers on an adventure through eight gardens with HD video and 360-degree views.  

Winter and spring seasons were shared during a three-day celebration that took place in April 2021 over Zoom and YouTube. Highlights include stunning garden footage, landscape designer and homeowner interviews, expert panel discussions, experimental music performance, native plant beer tasting, and a keynote address from Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. Watch winter & spring replay.

The Final Chapter: Dormancy

The summer/fall dormancy season was shared during an event in October 2021 over Zoom and YouTube. This virtual event revisits the gardens to see how they changed from winter, through spring and into the summer. This live discussion with landscape designers and homeowners covers what to expect this time of year, how to design for year-round interest, and how to appreciate the natural cycles of the Southern California seasons. Watch summer & fall replay.

Explore the 2021 Garden Tour

360-degree views and interviews with homeowners, landscapers, designers, community leaders and land managers that create, sustain, and live in relationship with these ecosystems 

2021 Artwork

The artwork for the 2021 Native Plant Garden Tour is a portrait of the Humboldt lily (Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum) by Gene Bauer. Humboldt lilies grow wild in the hills of Southern California, and make wonderful garden specimens in greater Los Angeles. As geophytes (latin for earth-plant), they spend half of each year underground, waiting for winter rains for leaves to emerge before growing up to eight feet tall with profuse orange blooms arriving in June. With this dramatic annual cycle, we feel the Humboldt lily is the perfect icon for the 2021 tour, which celebrates native plant landscapes and their deep connection to the unique seasons and climate of Southern California. 

A SoCal Tradition: Explore Past Tours

Since 2003, more than 600 public and private landscapes have participated in the Native Plant Garden Tour. Ranging from coastal container gardens to modernist foothill estates to experimental urban homesteads, each unique design offers beauty and critical habitat for wildlife in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.

Thanks To Our Sponsors

Local agencies, businesses, and organizations make the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour possible. We encourage you to follow the links below to learn more about our sponsors, and the great work they do. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, click the button below.






Theodore Payne Foundation inspires and educates Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes. The Native Plant Garden Tour is our premier outreach event, showcasing the region’s most spectacular gardens.