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

 

~ Additional workshop added due to popular demand ~
Saturday, May 21st | 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Workshop is Full

 

Saturday, May 14th | 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Workshop is 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 May 21, 2016

                   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
in the May 21st workshop:


# of Participants


 

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

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Check out our other events and workshops!

 

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!

 

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

 

Saturday, March 19th | 12:30 – 4:30 pm

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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 March 19, 2016
                   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 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

Click flyer to view full-size

 

Check out our other events and workshops!

 

 

 

Eco-Discovery Tour of
Smith Creek in Cherry Valley
with Robin Kobaly

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  • Sunday October 25, 2015
                   9 am – Noon

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

  • With Robin KobalyBotanist, wildlife biologist

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

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

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 3-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. Please call or email to reserve your spot; enrollment is limited to 25 adventurers.


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

 

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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!

 

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

Saturday, November 7th | 12:30 – 4:30 pm

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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 November 7th, 2015
                   12:30 – 4:30 pm

     

  • The Plant Yoda’s Den
                   49034 Mockingbird Lane, Morongo Valley, CA 92256

 

  • Workshop registration includes:

                  ~ 4-hour workshop with displays & demonstrations

                  ~ Hands-on plant specimens for identification

                  ~ Helpful handouts

                  ~ Samples served for edible plants

  • Fee: $40 

                  ~ 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. 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 also reserve your space and enroll by sending a check for $40 to:

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

       

    Click flyer to view full-size

     

    Check out our other events and workshops!

     

 

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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.

 

Check out our other events and workshops!

 

“Great Native Alternatives

To Traditional Yard Plants”

Presented as part of the

10th Annual Desert Garden Community Day

 Saturday, October 17th, 2015 | Noon

 A Presentation by Robin Kobaly | Exec. Director of

The SummerTree Institute

 

  • Saturday, October 17, 2015

  • 12  – 1 pm

  • The Living Desert
    47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

  • Free admission

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

     

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 10th Annual Desert Garden Community Day, 9 am – 1 pm, 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