Presentation by Robin Kobaly, Executive Director of the SummerTree Institute of Morongo Valley
Many of our desert native plants have been growing since pre-historic times and will be alive long after we are gone. Normal life-spans of some of the iconic local plants in our valley, including yuccas, nolinas, junipers, and even creosote, are hundreds to thousands of years old.
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 contribute to the stability of their community, and demonstrate how to estimate the age of native plants in our valley 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, and giving tips on how to care for these majestic beauties.