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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!

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

Saturday, May 6th, 2017 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Workshop Full

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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 May 6, 2017 – Workshop Full
                   12:30 – 4:30 pm

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den
                   Morongo Valley, CA 92256 ~ Directions sent upon registration

  • Workshop registration includes:

                  ~ 4-hour workshop with displays & demonstrations

                  ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

                  ~ Helpful handouts

                  ~ Samples served for edible plants

  • Fee: $45

                  ~ 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. Each workshop is unique, as we include native plants that are in season at that time, so we can sample flower buds, blossoms, fruit, roots, shoots, and seeds that are ready for harvest at that time. 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 robin@powerofplants.com

 

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

You may reserve your space and enroll now:


# of Participants



(Note: Purchases made with a non-PayPal credit card may post to your statement
as a purchase made in San Jose, PayPal’s corporate office)

You may also reserve your space and enroll by sending a check for $45 to:
The Power of Plants
P.O. Box 800
Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Note: Please call or email us before sending your check to make sure we reserve your spot. Workshops fill up very fast.

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Eco-Discovery Tour of
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
with Robin Kobaly

Thursday May 18th

 

  • Thursday May 18, 2017
                   8:30 – 11:30 am

  • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve- Morongo Valley
                   11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley, CA 92256

  • With Robin KobalyBotanist, wildlife biologist

  • Tour Fee: $20 per person for 3-hour adventure


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

Stroll along a half-mile boardwalk under a lush canopy of cottonwood and willow trees as Robin  shares secrets of the same native plants that sustained the Serrano Indians who inhabited this exact site for centuries. Big Morongo Creek flows through the 39,000-acre wildlife preserve in Morongo Valley, now part of the Sand to Snow National Monument, and provides a lush oasis and freshwater marsh for migratory and resident songbirds, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and more. On this 3-hour stream-side excursion, Robin will identify native plants, and describe uses of these desert plants for food, medicine, tools, clothing, and shelter. Edible samples of the same plants collected elsewhere by Robin will be shared along the route. You will hear about underground, unseen root partners that connect the plants in the community, which help to sustain the entire ecosystem. Robin will explain how migratory birds travel to and through the oasis in an intricate dance based on day-length cues, hormone changes, stored fat, night skies, and magnetic particles in their brains to arrive precisely at this site each year. Birds and other wildlife that may cross our path will be identified, and Robin will reveal fun stories about each creature. Please call or email to reserve your spot; enrollment is limited to 15 adventurers.


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

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

  • Or email robin@powerofplants.com

  • You may reserve your space and enroll now for the May 18th tour:


    # of Participants



    You may also reserve your space and enroll by sending a check for $20 to:

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

  • Note: Please call or email us before sending your check to make sure we reserve your spot. Events fill up very fast.

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Channel Islands Adventure

Travel with Robin on a short journey to a distant world…
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The Channel Islands Expedition
September 10 – 13, 2017

~ We invite you to join us for this unforgettable, four-day adventure on board a comfortable vessel, the Conception. Aboard ship, we will be surrounded by abundant and diverse ocean life that includes whales, dolphins, seals, and a variety of colorful fish, whose stories will be told by veteran Expeditions Director, Doug Thompson. On land, Robin will guide you through natural habitats and endemic plants that time has passed by on these remote islands…

Discover California as it was centuries ago…

Hiking through Santa Cruz Island’s woodlands

If you are yearning for an unforgettable adventure, we invite you to join Robin, Doug, and the staff of The SummerTree Institute for a four-day adventure to the Channel Islands, one of the most isolated, unique, and beautiful island chains in the world — only 25 miles from Southern California’s busy coastline, but a world away.

With a comfortable 80-foot vessel serving as home base, we will visit four of the magnificent islands: Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Anacapa Islands, exploring their stunning natural diversity on land and sea. This is our sixth expedition to the magical Channel Islands. We will explore many sea caves, including Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves known. Whether walking on pristine beaches, kayaking in beautiful coves, stand-up paddling along natural coastlines, snorkling in bountiful underwater “Marine Protected Areas”, or hiking on trails used by ancient Chumash Indians, you will be transported into another world.

The Beautiful Channel Islands ~

Exploring sea caves by kayak

Exploring sea caves by kayak

Be transported to the California of centuries past, where the only footprints will be yours and the wildlife’s. Hike, snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddle, swim, whale watch, or just laze on the boat – you will be enchanted with whatever activities you choose. Between adventures, all of your meals will be lovingly prepared  from fresh ingredients, with choices for various tastes and diets.

Expedition Details ~

For more information about this exciting adventure, please call The SummerTree Institute office at 760-363-7229, or visit www.summertree.org/expeditions.htm. You may also email our expedition leader, Doug Thompson, at doug@summertree.org.

Explore kelp beds, sea caves, island coastlines…and more!

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Walking San Miguel Island’s sandy beach

  • WHEN: 4 days & 4 nights, from boarding on Saturday evening, September 9, after 8 pm, until returning late afternoon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
  • WHERE: The boat leaves from Santa Barbara Harbor.
  • PRICE: Entire expedition: $950 per person; $200 deposit is required to hold your reservation.
    $200 per person is tax-deductible for this expedition (The SummerTree Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization).
  • SIGN UP NOW: Since this trip always fills up quickly, we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. We hope you are able to join us!

Beautiful, drought-tolerant southwest desert plants can add richness and enjoyment to your garden, supplement your edible garden offerings, and enhance the  lives of your neighborhood songbirds and wildlife. Learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for your native plant garden, with inspiring classroom instruction inside, then move outside into a “nearly native” demonstration garden, with over a hundred examples of mature desert native plants.  Our classes and workshops show you easy, fun, and healthy ways to incorporate our native plants into your life. Come enjoy learning with us!

The Joy of Gardening
with Desert Native Plants
with Robin Kobaly

Saturday, April 8th | 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Workshop Full

 

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4-Hour Workshop

The Plant Yoda’s Den & Songbird Cottage Demonstration Garden

Inspiring classroom presentation and displays, plus a
guided tour through our on-site native plant demonstration garden

 

PresenterRobin Kobaly—Botanist, Founder and President of
The Power of Plants, and Executive Director of The SummerTree Institute

 

  • Saturday April 8, 2017

                   12:30 – 4:30 pm

     

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den (classroom) & Songbird Cottage Demonstration Garden (tour)

                   Morongo Valley, CA 92256
                   Directions sent upon registration

     

  • Workshop registration includes:

              ~ 4-hour workshop includes classroom & outdoor instruction

              ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

              ~ Helpful handouts

 

  • Fee: $45

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

We begin this workshop 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.

In the classroom, we will explore why native plants are the perfect choice for southwest homes, and why their adaptations are so important for a sustainable, enjoyable, and low-maintenance landscape. During our workshop, you will learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for your native plant garden. When we move outside to the half-acre demonstration garden, you will see over one hundred examples of mature desert native plants in an inviting home landscape setting, and view firsthand the many benefits of native plant gardening.

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

 

 You may reserve your space and enroll now:


# of Participants


(Note: Purchases made with a non-PayPal credit card may post to your statement
as a purchase made in San Jose, PayPal’s corporate office)

You may also reserve your space (please email or call us first) and enroll by sending a check for $45 to:

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

Click flyer to view full-size

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“Discovering The Ancients”

Presented as part of

The Mojave Desert Land Trust’s Fall Gratitude Gathering

~ Open House and Native Plant Sale ~

November 12th | 9 am – 2 pm

 A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of

The SummerTree Institute

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016

  • Presentation 11 am

  • Mojave Desert Land Trust Headquarters

    Many of our desert native plants are hundreds to thousands of years old — true ancients across our landscape.

     

    60124 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

    Many of our desert plants live much longer than us. Learn about some of our incredibly old native plants, how to estimate their age, and how ancient history has been recorded in their tissues. Find out why they grow so old, and how their remarkable adaptations allow them to survive for hundreds to even thousands of years.

    Robin will reveal the incredible ages of the long-lived native plants of the southwest, using samples of local ancient plants to explore how desert plants and their mycorrhizal root partners contribute to the stability of their community, and demonstrate how to estimate the age of native plants in our region and surrounding mountains.

    Using both interpretive displays and members of the audience itself, Robin will demonstrate how trees (and our long-lived, tree-like shrubs such as California Juniper, etc.) grow and add on girth, bark, and annual growth rings…which help us to determine their age. Participants will help form ever-expanding rings around the core of a “tree” made of people, including bark, food tubes (phloem), water tubes (xylem), or heartwood (the strength and trash-can for the tree).

    Participants will find out how annual growth rings form, the difference between fast-growing, light-colored rings and slow-growing, dark rings, and how paying attention to these rings reveals the story of the tree’s history, from the droughts it has endured to the good times it has enjoyed (rain!!!). Robin will describe how to count tree rings to determine age, and demonstrate how the study of tree rings has helped us recreate climatic history and even rewrite human history. She will also show samples of wood from both forests and deserts to compare the differences in growth rate and size (people are always amazed to find out how old our desert plants are compared to much larger, but much younger, towering forest trees).

    Robin will also discuss how these ancient survivors can enhance your own landscape for many decades to come, introducing local ancient plants that you can incorporate into your yard not just for your enjoyment, but for future generations of humans, native songbirds, and wildlife. Learn how you can become part of the solution by contributing to an attractive, environmentally sustainable landscape – right in your own yard!

    This event is hosted by the Mojave Desert Land Trust. For more information, visit www.mdlt.org,  call MDLT at (760) 366-5440, or call The SummerTree Institute at (760) 363-7229.

 

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“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

  • Presentation 10 – 11 am

  • The Living Desert

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

    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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