Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 16, 1961 · Page 65
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 65

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That Their Beauty May Live On Conservation carried on for years by Theodore Payne will be turned over to a foundation bearing his name. By Anna Mae Murray WftTHEN THE T h e o d o r e "* Payne Wildlife Sanctuary was dedicated early this y e a r , Los Angeles County paid tribute to California's "grand old man of horticulture," 89-year-old Theodore Payne. The 320-acre site near Llano in Antelope Valley will be left in its natural state, an ever-growing memorial to the man who h a s b e e n preaching and practicing wild life conservation in southern California for a l m o s t 70 years. "What impressed me most when I came to the state," he said, "was the miles and miles of wild flowers. Sud- denly they were disappearing from the landscape, plows were turning t h e m under. Now bulldozers are making subdivisions a n d industrial sites out of the fields, the citrus groves and the walnuts. Time is running out but it still isn't too late to try to save for posterity some of the wild beauty that was here when the padres came." PAYNE WAS born in England in 1872 and came to L o s Angeles as a trained nurseryman, seedsman, landscaper and exhibitor in 1893. Tor a few days he picked apricots at $1.50 a day, then obtained a position as gardener to Madame H e l e n a Modjeska, the famous Polish actress, at h?r estate "Forest of Ardcn" in Santiago Canyon. "It was there in the Santa Ana Mountains that I first became interested in the wild flowers of California," he said. He joined what is now the Germain Seed Co. a few years later. Representing them on a trip to Europe he s o l d 40 t h o u s a n d dried pampas plumes. The firm made him manager in 1903. Payne has owned and operated large general nurseries in the Los Angeles area for 58 years. In order to awaken a g r e a t e r interest in the native flora he began growing native trees, p l a n t s and flowers. During the "Eucalyptus boom" around 1907 he shipped great quantities of the seed to many parts of the world. Selling wild flower seeds met with very little success until he planted some vacant lots in Hollywood and Pasadena. Their brilliant displays aroused public interest. He wrote articles, lectured all over southern California. He pleaded that areas be set aside so that the generations to come might enjoy the wild plant life of the mountains, the inland valleys, the seashore, the deserts and the s a n d dunes, the chaparral belt, the salt marshes. Garden Clubs became interested in the conservation movement; laws were passed to protect the wild f l o w e r s . P a y n e ' s artistry combined with his enthusiasm for using native materials brought him many landscaping contracts. What started out as a hobby became his business. P A Y N E ' S horticultural achievements h a v e b e e n many. He has put into circulation between IOO and 500 native trees, s h r u b s and flowers, shipping all over the world. He has collaborated with the Botanic Gardens in Claremont, Santa B a r b a r a and La Canada ever since their inception, growing large portions of the native plant material used in them. He laid out and planted the five-acre "Wild Garden" in Exposition Park. During a Mediterranean fruit fly scare he collaborated with the state for the control of the pest. Many Californians prominent in the fields of horticulture received their early training in his establish(Continued on Page 23.) SUNSET *29.92 MONTHLY {no money down!) ONLY SUNSETgunranteet your pool for the life of your tome; this brtmia Medallion is your guarantee that one of the nation's largest pool builders itandi behind your proudest (osEmiorj, SUNSET POOLS i» proud to be a member of the Associated Swimming Pool Contractors Association, DESIGN AWARD. Sunset Pools is the proud recipientof the ASPC1961 Grand Prize Award for leadership in design. It is »n honored achievement and a promise of continued effort in behalf of our customer* SUNSET POOLS PICK UP THE PHONE, CALL US NOW! TE 4-1305 or NE 9-4457 OR VISIT OUR DISPLAY POOL, 1237 S. BROOKHURST, ANAHEIM

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