“Alter-Natives for Desert Gardeners”



“Great Native Alternatives

To Traditional Yard Plants”

Presented as part of the

10th Annual Desert Garden Community Day

 Saturday, October 17th, 2015 | Noon

 A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of

The SummerTree Institute


  • Saturday, October 17, 2015

  • 12  – 1 pm

  • The Living Desert
    47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

  • Free admission

    Discover the beauty and benefits of gardening with California’s desert native plants!


A surprising variety of native plants can be used as alternatives to traditional exotic plants in solving your landscape challenges and fulfilling your landscape dreams. Using displays and samples of local native plants, Robin will show star-performing southern-California native plant alternatives to replace common exotic ornamental landscape choices. You will find that you don’t have to settle on only the common, traditional choices to address your yard issues, but instead you’ll discover a wide pallet of alternative choices, many that grow in our own desert valleys and mountains. These native plants supply food, nectar, and shelter for our songbirds, both resident and migrating, so planting them adds to the health and stability of our environment. These “alter-natives” include some of the sturdiest, longest lived, and most water-wise plants available, requiring very little water, no pesticides, and no fertilizers. As an added bonus, some of these attractive plants can be used for beverages, snacks, healing remedies, home décor, and art, information which Robin will share, as well as local sources for these “Alter-Native” plants.

For more information, call The SummerTree Institute at (760) 363-7229, or email: robin@summertree.org.

The 10th Annual Desert Garden Community Day, 9 am – 1 pm, is co-sponsored by the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and the City of Palm Desert. This popular, free event will feature exhibits and information booths, demonstrations, and workshops on water-wise gardening, garden design, proper pruning techniques, irrigation practices and many other topics. For a full schedule of events, visit www.deserthorticulturalsociety.org