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Hardy and helpful southwest desert plants can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife.  Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!


Harvesting Southwest Native Plants
for Food, Fun, & Healing
with Robin Kobaly

Saturday, November 7th | 12:30 – 4:30 pm

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4-Hour Workshop at The Plant Yoda’s Den

Great fun, lots of demonstrations, samples, and displays!

PresenterRobin KobalyBotanist, Founder and President of
The Power of Plants, and Executive Director of  The SummerTree Institute


  • Saturday November 7th, 2015
                   12:30 – 4:30 pm


  • The Plant Yoda’s Den
                   49034 Mockingbird Lane, Morongo Valley, CA 92256


  • Workshop registration includes:

                  ~ 4-hour workshop with displays & demonstrations

                  ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

                  ~ Helpful handouts

                  ~ Samples served for edible plants

  • Fee: $40 

                  ~ Enrollment is limited. Please reserve early to assure your spot.



Join us in the intimate setting of the unique and creative “Plant Yoda’s Den”, the home where Robin grew up, and where her mother, Babs Kobaly, taught her own native plant use classes for forty years. Babs had transformed her home into part apothecary, part art-house, and part fantasy world for her grandchildren, reflecting her passions as a native plant teacher, fanciful artist, and playful kid-lover.  In honor of her late mother, the great room of Babs’ home has been remodeled to open it up for classes and workshops on the very topics that she and Babs researched together as Robin grew up.

We invite you to experience this legendary locale as we introduce you to our desert native plants through an immersive approach — through smell, taste, touch, and sight — all with accounts of each plant’s special gifts and traditional powers that can be incorporated into modern-day life. Workshop participants will explore hardy and helpful wild desert plants that can add richness to your kitchen, your medicine chest, your home, and your garden, as well as enhancing the lives of your neighborhood wildlife.

This four-hour workshop offers a fascinating look at ancient and traditional uses of desert medicinal and food plants, and presents ways to adapt those uses to fit today’s needs. Find out why these powerful native plants’ survival strategies make them so useful to us today. Explore which native food and healing plants can be used successfully and safely, and explore the many other benefits of growing these amazing herbal remedies, edible harvests, and utilitarian providers in your own yard. This popular workshop includes demonstrations and samples, plus tips on identifying each plant, as well as discussions about harvesting native plant species in a respectful and sustainable way.

It’s fun learning how our native desert plants can serve as food, beverages, art, musical instruments, utensils, and healing remedies for humans. You will look at our desert native plants with a new perspective after experiencing this comprehensive workshop.

To reserve your space
, or for more information
about this event:


  • Call The Power of Plants  (760) 363-1166

  • Or email

  • You may reserve your space and enroll now in the workshop:

    • You may also reserve your space and enroll by sending a check for $40 to:

      The Power of Plants
      P.O. Box 800
      Morongo Valley, CA 92256


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