“Alter-Natives” for Low-Desert Yards


“Great Native Alternatives

To Traditional Yard Plants”

Presented as part of

The Living Desert’s 5th Annual Go Native! Day

November 5th | 7 am – 3 pm

 A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of

The SummerTree Institute


  • Saturday, November 5, 2016

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

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

  • Presentation 10 – 11 am

  • The Living Desert

    47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

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, with a focus on Coachella Valley native plants, 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.

Go Native! Day is a day to celebrate the native flora, fauna, geology, and natural history of the Coachella Valley. This popular event will feature exhibits and information booths, demonstrations, native plant presentations, guided nature walks, hikes, crafts, activities, and munchies (including fresh fry bread, tacos, and native beer). Entry is free for members of The Living Desert, and included with a paid daily admission for non-members. For a full schedule of events, visit www.livingdesert.org/event/go-native/


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