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 Your Native Garden

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 the whole ecosystem. Indigenous peoples have long valued and used native desert plants for food, medicine, healing, shelter, clothing, utensils, and ceremony. I would like to share some of these uses that we can incorporate into our lives today, but this comes with a responsibility to reciprocate thoughtful care and stewardship for these tenacious but […]

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 […]