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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, September 29th | 12:30 – 4:30 pm 

 

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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 September 29, 2018

                   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.

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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:

Call The Power of Plants  (760) 363-1166
Or email robin@powerofplants.com

 You may reserve your space and enroll now:


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

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

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Stroll along a half-mile boardwalk under a lush canopy of cottonwood and willow trees as Robin shares secrets of the same plants that sustained Serrano Indians who inhabited Big Morongo Canyon for centuries. Come enjoy learning about our native plants with us!

 

Spring Fundraiser for The SummerTree Institute

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

Thursday May 24th, 2018

 

All funds raised from this event will be donated to The SummerTree Institute
for its environmental education outreach programs
www.summertree.org

  • Thursday May 24, 2018
                   9:00 – 12:00 am

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

  • With Robin KobalyBotanist, wildlife biologist

  • Tour Donation: $30 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. Each tour is unique, exploring different seasonal plants, birds, and trail options. 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 SummerTree Institute (760) 363-7229 or The Power of Plants  (760) 363-1166

  • Or email robin@powerofplants.com

     

You may reserve your space and enroll online now by registering at:
www.summertree.org/events


The SummerTree Institute
P.O. Box 307
Morongo Valley, CA 92256
www.summertree.org
760-363-7229

 

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“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: robin@summertree.org.

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 www.deserthorticulturalsociety.org

 

Stroll along a half-mile boardwalk under a lush canopy of cottonwood and willow trees as Robin shares secrets of the same plants that sustained Serrano Indians who inhabited Big Morongo Canyon for centuries. Come enjoy learning about our native plants with us!

 

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

Thursday June 29th

 

  • Thursday June 29, 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. Each tour is unique, exploring different seasonal plants, birds, and trail options. 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 June 29th 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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Stroll along a half-mile boardwalk under a lush canopy of cottonwood and willow trees as Robin shares secrets of the same plants that sustained Serrano Indians who inhabited Big Morongo Canyon for centuries. Come enjoy learning about our native plants with us!

 

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

Thursday June 29th

 

  • Thursday June 29, 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. Each tour is unique, exploring different seasonal plants, birds, and trail options. 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 June 29th 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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Eco-Discovery Tour of
Smith Creek in Cherry Valley
with Robin Kobaly

 

“Discovering the Remarkable Uses
of Our Southwest Native Plants”

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  • Sunday June 18, 2017
                   1 – 3 pm

  • Highland Springs Resort – Cherry Valley
                   10600 Highland Springs Avenue, Cherry Valley, CA 92223

  • With Robin KobalyBotanist, wildlife biologist

  • Free with your admission to the Lavender Festival

    June 9-11 & June 16-18, 2017 ~ 10 am – 5 pm
    2017 Admission prices for the festival are as follows:

    Adults (18-64 years)            $8

    Seniors (65+ years)              $6

    Students (13-17 years)         $6

        Children (12 and under)    FREE

     

Take a leisurely walk with Robin under majestic live oaks as you learn about the intriguing lives of the native plants, birds, and other wildlife that cross our path during this 2-hour excursion along Smith Creek, a shady riparian woodland lined with Coast Live Oaks, willows, elderberry, and more. Smith Creek flows through the 2400-acre Highland Springs Resort in Cherry Valley, and has provided water to the resort since its early days as a ranch and stage coach stop. Robin will focus on uses of trail-side native plants for food, healing, and utilitarian uses. Also revealed will be the underground, unseen connection between the oaks and all the plants in the community that sustains the entire ecosystem. Birds and other wildlife will be identified, and Robin will tell their interesting natural history stories.


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