Uses of SW Desert Plants ~Lecture


“Uses of SW Desert Plants for Food, Fun, Healing,
and Home Gardens”

Presented as part of the

12th Annual Desert Garden Community Day

 Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Events from 8:30 am – 4 pm

 A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of

The SummerTree Institute

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017

  • 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lecture

  • UCR Palm Desert
    75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211

  • Free admission

    Discover how you can use gifts from your southwest native landscape plants inside your home, for food, beverages, healing remedies, art, and more — yet another reason to plant native!


Join Robin as she presents ancient and traditional uses of our native desert plants, demonstrating ways to adapt them to fit today’s needs for food, healing remedies, tools, art, and more, besides their value as eco-friendly yard landscaping. Find out why these powerful native plants’ survival strategies make them so useful to us today. Learn how the unique qualities of each plant can add richness to the home, kitchen, medicine chest, garden, and more.

Our southwest desert native plants include some of the sturdiest, longest lived, and most water-wise plants available, requiring very little water, no pesticides, and no fertilizers. Some of these attractive plants for landscaping can also be used for beverages, snacks, healing remedies, home décor, and art, information which Robin will share during this eye-opening presentation.

You will leave with a new perspective on our amazing native plants and the valuable gifts they generously offer to us, both in our yards and inside our homes.


For more information, call The SummerTree Institute at (760) 363-7229, or email:

The 12th Annual Desert Garden Community Day, 8:30 am – 4 pm, is co-sponsored by the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley, UCR Palm Desert, UC Cooperative Extension, and UCCE Master Gardeners. 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