Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants

10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley, CA    91352-2116 •  (818) 768-1802 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2017

Diane Kelber, Communications Associate, cell: 818-383-6165Contact: Diana Sherwood, K-16 Community Educator, diana@theodorepayne.orgdianekelber@gmail.com

THEODORE PAYNE AND TAKING THE REINS

JOIN HANDS TO OFFER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND

HORTICULTURE COURSES TO CHILDREN OF LA 

GROWING UP WITH LITTLE ACCESS TO THE

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT and COMMUNITY SEEDING EVENT

WHO: The nonprofits Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants (TPF) and Taking the Reins (TTR)

WHAT:  Community Kick-off Event. The two Los Angeles-based nonprofits (Theodore Payne Foundation and Taking the Reins) combine forces to offer a “Community Seeding Event” to celebrate their new joint program for adolescent girls growing up in high-risk urban communities. Children with limited access to nature will learn about the native species of plants and stewardship of TTR’s portion of the Los Angeles River corridor. Demonstration gardens will be designed and planted at Taking the Reins. The gardens will be open to the public as TTR and TPF reintroduce native species to areas located at Taking the Reins’ portion of the river corridor in the Atwater Village area, where native plants have been driven out. (Atwater Village is Home of Theodore Payne’s original garden)

The new partnership seeks to introduce underserved populations to the important and burgeoning fields of native plant horticulture, conservation, and land stewardship in urban environments, culminating in re-wilding TTR’s portion of the Los Angeles River corridor.

This ongoing series of classes will spread over two years and culminate in a permanent native plant garden designed by participants under the guidance of Theodore Payne Foundation at the Atwater site of Taking the Reins. The new demonstration gardens on the Los Angeles River will make Theodore Payne Foundation and Taking the Reins among the first nonprofits in Los Angeles to use this whole community field-training model to re-wild a part of our important and shared habitat.

Inspired by the late Theodore Payne’s own practice of encouraging Californians to value and propagate our native plants, and with a location near Theodore Payne’s historic nursery in Atwater, the program will kick off with a community-seeding event for wild flower demonstration gardens. Classes will continue with History and Habitat of the Los Angeles River, Basic Botany and Propagation (at the Theodore Payne Foundation’s LaFetra Nature Education Center & Gardens in Sun Valley), to be followed with hands-on classes in garden design.

WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 2017, TIME: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Taking the Reins, 3919 ½ Rigali Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants  re-wilds the gardens of California by promoting the value of native plants, working for their preservation, and making plants available to all. The Foundation helps people develop a love for our unique flora and inspires new generations to create and maintain California landscapes. theodorepayne.org

Taking the Reins transforms the lives of teenage girls facing the challenges of adolescence in high-risk environments. At their unique urban barn, young women become confident leaders. Working together with horses, farm animals, and in the garden, girls at TTR learn the value of teamwork and responsibility. TakingtheReins.org

Contact: M.Jane Haven, Executive Director, dr.janehaven@takingthereins.org

Diana Sherwood, K-16 Community Educator, diana@theodorepayne.org