Payne, Theodore–(d. 1963)–Los Angeles,
California–started working for Eugene Germain in 1896, and became manager
of Germain’s in 1902. In 1903, he resigned and established his own
nursery specializing in California native plants. He grew between
four and five hundred species of native plants. He planted many gardens
using native plants that were adapted to southern California conditions.
In 1960, about a year before his retirement, friends established a foundation
in his honor, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native
Plants. It offered seeds and native plants in containers. He
died May 6, 1963.
Sources: CHSJ-Jul. 1968