“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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Aug
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Surrounded By Ancients

“Surrounded By Ancients”

Hosted by the

Redlands Horticultural Society

 

Thursday, November 19th, 2015 | 7 pm

A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of

The SummerTree Institute

 

 

Parry Nolina with California Juniper. Many of our desert natives are extremely old, living from several hundred to several thousand years old.

Parry Nolina with California Juniper.
Many of our desert natives are extremely old, living from several hundred to several thousand years.

 

 

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015

  • 7 pm

  • Church of the Nazarene

    1307 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands, CA – Assembly Hall off Grove Street church parking lot

  • Free admission ~ Public Invited

 

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.

Using samples of local ancient plants, Robin will reveal the incredible ages of the long-lived native plants of the southwest, explore how ancient native 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. 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 Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society. For more information, call RHIS at (909) 894-4823, or The SummerTree Institute at (760) 363-7229.

 

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Oct
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Eco-Discovery Walk

Eco-Discovery Walk through Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Hosted by The SummerTree Institute &
Morongo Valley Community Services District
in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the
California Desert Protection Act

Robin leads Eco-Discovery Tour along Marsh Trail boardwalk in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Robin leads Eco-Discovery Tour along Marsh Trail boardwalk in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

 

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
  • 10 am – Noon
  • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
    11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley, CA 92256
  • Free tour

Join Robin on an engaging walk along the enchanting marsh and woodland trails through this surprising desert oasis known internationally for it bird-life. As you stroll the boardwalk trails under a canopy of cottonwood trees and willows, Robin will share the human and natural history of the Preserve, point out the native plants historically used here by the Serrano Indians for food, medicine, shelter, and tools, and discuss whatever interesting wildlife may cross our path. Robin will also explain how the California Desert Protection Act has shaped the past, present, and future of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Bring along binoculars if you’d like a closer peek at the birds settling in for winter at the oasis, and wear comfortable walking shoes. This fun tour will start and end at the Pavilion in adjacent Covington Park, where music, art, and refreshments will await your arrival.

Oct
6
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“Alter-Natives”

 

“Great Native Alternatives

To Traditional Yard Plants”

Presented as part of the

9th Annual Desert Garden Community Day

 October 18th | 10:30 AM

 A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of

The SummerTree Institute

 

  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • 10:30 AM
  • The Living Desert

    Desert native plants, such as brittlebush and bladder pod shown here, are beautiful and hardy alternatives to traditional exotic 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 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 9th Annual Desert Garden Community Day 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

Presented as part of the

Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s

Desert-Wise Living Series

 October 4th | 12:30 – 3:30 PM

A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Botanist & Exec. Director of

The SummerTree Institute

Join us for a fun, 3-hour landscape workshop

Robin presenting hands-on displays at workshop

Robin presenting hands-on displays at workshop

  • Saturday, October 4th, 2014
  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Joshua Tree Community Center, Joshua Tree, CA

Class registration includes:

  • 3-hour workshop with displays & demonstrations
  • Workbook with local information on soils, native plants for landscape use, and more
  • Water-Wise Landscape DVD with over 4 hours of “how-to” information and bonus materials
  • Question and Answer period for your own questions

Fee: $20/$15 for MBCA members Enrollment is limited to 75 people

In this popular 3-hour workshop, participants will learn how to transform home landscapes into desert-wise gardenscapes, with guidance on plant selection and irrigation methods. Samples of many plant species will be available to help visualize and create your garden plan. This workshop is timed for the fall planting season –  the ideal season for desert planting.

Tips presented in the workshop will save you water, money, and time in your landscaping. This Desert-Wise Landscape Workshop is presented by The SummerTree Institute’s Robin Kobaly as part of Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s Desert-Wise Living Series. In this popular workshop, you will find out how to select, plant, irrigate and care for a remarkable variety of attractive, drought-tolerant plants (both native and other climate-adapted plants) to enhance your landscape and increase your enjoyment of your yard.

For more information about this fun event, contact The SummerTree Institute at 760-363-7229, or email us at info@summertree.org.

To register for this event, visit http://www.mbconservation.org/desert_wise_landscape_workshop.

 

 

Feb
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Discovering The Ancients

Discovering The Ancients Presentation

A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of The SummerTree Institute

  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 ~
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM
    Santa Rosa &
    San Jacinto Mountains National Monument | Visitor Center
    51-500 Hwy 74,  Palm Desert, CA
  • Visitor Center is 4 miles south of Hwy 111, in Palm Desert, CA

Using samples of local ancient plants, Robin will reveal the incredible ages of the long-lived plants of the southwest, discuss how ancient native plants contribute to the stability of their community, and demonstrate how tree ring data from ancient bristlecone pines has rewritten human history. Robin will also tell how these ancient survivors can enhance your own landscape.

For more information, call The Friends of the Desert Mountains at (760) 568-9918, or email: robin@summertree.org.