Plant of the Month – September

Evergreen Sumac Rhus virens Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub, Small Tree Water Use: Low Mature Size: 8-12 ft. tall x 10-15 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas Hardiness: Cold hardy to 5°F  Evergreen Sumac is a very adaptable, large, evergreen shrub that tolerates every stressful desert situation thrown at it: burning heat, freezing cold, extended drought, nutrient-poor soils, and even difficult clay and caliche soils. Given all these challenges, this […]

Harvesting Native Gardens

~ Bladderpod ~ Spring entices a burst of bright yellow flowers on our native Bladderpod, attracting hummingbirds, hawk moths, gardeners, and ethnobotanists. Besides being an attractive, fire-resistant, evergreen shrub, Bladderpod produces showy clusters of flowers and inflated seed pods that can be eaten if cooked. We’ll share with you how to prepare these treats below. ♦♦♦ Part of my appreciation of our native desert plants comes from the indispensable gifts that these plants have provided for millennia to humans, wildlife, birds, insects, soils, and […]

Uses of SW Native Plants Workshop

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! Healing, Helpful, & Edible Southwest Native Plants: How to Grow, Harvest, & Prepare Them with Robin Kobaly Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 12:30 – 4:30 […]

Eco-Discovery Tour – Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

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 […]

Eco-Discovery Tour ~ Cherry Valley

  Eco-Discovery Tour of Smith Creek in Cherry Valley with Robin Kobaly   “Discovering the Remarkable Uses of Our Southwest Native Plants” Sunday, June 10, 2018 ~ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm   Sunday June 10, 2018                10:30 am – 12:30 pm Highland Springs Resort – Cherry Valley                10600 Highland Springs Avenue, Cherry Valley, CA 92223 With Robin Kobaly—Botanist, wildlife biologist Free with your admission to the Lavender Festival   Take a leisurely walk with Robin under majestic […]

Experience the Power of Plants

Enter the fascinating world of southwest desert plants Through our series of workshops and classes, we invite you to enter into the captivating world of plants and their impressive uses. Experience the plants growing in your area’s natural community as you never have before…through taste, smell, touch, and stories. Let us lead you through native gardens to witness the variety and beauty of native plants available to gardeners throughout the southwestern United States. Join us in exploring the ancient and […]