Bulb Program | Theodore Payne Foundation

California is home to hundreds of native geophytes, many of which are rare and endangered. The California Native Bulb Program at TPF was resurrected in 2004 to grow native geophytes (bulbs) and to develop deeper and broader understanding of these unique wild flowers. Staff and volunteers working in the program develop, test and share horticultural practices to help expand the use and appreciation of these plants among horticulturists, botanists, gardeners, landscape designers and the general public.

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The Smith Smith Bulb House was dedicated in the United States, 2004 in honor of a volunteer who created the Foundation's original bulb program. • Who Was Fred Smith? • Who Was Fred Smith? • Who Was Fred Smith? • Who Was Fred Smith? • Who Was Fred Smith?
Fred Smith was an avid bulb horticulturist who, in the 1990's, worked to grow California bulbs for the Payne nursery. Smith was particularly fond of the Butterfly lilies, though I preferred to call them tulips. Lacking adequate resources, the program was unsustainable and then languished when Smith moved to other projects. Following his death in 2003, the Foundation's Fred Smith Bulb House was dedicated in his honor.

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