Desert Horticultural Society

Field Trips, Meetings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 02, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Morongo Valley, CA
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    Registration is closed

    "Songbird Cottage" is a half acre botanic garden of native/nearly native plants. Plants were chosen for their drought tolerance and their ability to attract songbirds and native wildlife.

    Robin Kobaly, Executive Director of the SummerTree Institute, is a well-known, professional botanist and wildlife biologist working to bring water awareness by fostering appreciation for native and nearly native plants which are markedly less consumptive than traditional landscapes.  She has presented lectures to DHSCV in the past and has graciously agreed to open her garden for us to tour.

    No host luncheon at Morongo Cafe or you may "brown bag it" in the Morongo Valley Preserve. Each of these options are a short distance from the garden.

    • Sunday, April 12, 2015
    • 11:45 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Starts out at Wellness Park (SW corner of Via Miraleste & Tachevah), Palm Springs, CA 92262
    The 10th Annual Desert Garden Tour will be held Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 12 Noon to 4 PM. This year’s event features five beautiful, water conserving gardens to inspire every desert gardener and landscape enthusiast.

    Enjoy self-guided walks through Palm Springs gardens showcasing Mediterranean, tropical, zen modern, and natural desert landscaping. Created by homeowners and design professionals, these gardens offer insight and inspiration that speak to every garden style.

    This year’s event begins at 12 Noon, one hour earlier than previous years, allowing additional time to tour the featured gardens. All guests check in and receive tour maps at Wellness Park on the corner of Via Miraleste and Tachevah in Palm Springs. Distances between featured gardens requires driving.

    Online pre-registration is available here using PayPal. You may also register on-site at Wellness Park the day of the event from 11:45 am to 2 pm. The cost is $15 for non-members and $5 for students (cash only). There is no cost for existing DHSCV members - take advantage of this here by signing up for a membership ($10/yr individual, $20/yr dual) prior to registering for the tour.

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    • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange before the meeting and presentation @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Alter-Natives ~ Great Native Alternatives to Traditional Yard Plants
    Presentation by Robin Kobaly
    Botanist, Executive Director of The SummerTree Institute

    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 as natives to 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 where you can purchase these “Alter-Native” plants for your own yard.

    • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Presentation by Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke is Environment Editor at KCET TV in Los Angeles. A natural history writer and environmental journalist for the last 25 years, he lives in Joshua Tree.

    This talk will cover some of the surprising things we have learned about Joshua trees in the last few years, as well as quite a few mysteries they still offer. We’ll look at the trees’ evolution, their biological functions, and the role they play in the Mojave Desert ecosystem. We’ll discover some of the history of the trees’ interactions with humans, including the truth about how they got their name.


Past events

Saturday, February 28, 2015 10th Anniversary Party
Friday, February 20, 2015 Phoenix Botanical Garden, Mountain States Nursery
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Smoke Tree Ranch
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Meeting and Presentation by Caroline Conway, Education Director, The Wildlands Conservancy
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Landscape Design Basics - incorporating hardscape materials into your landscaping
Friday, December 05, 2014 UC Riverside Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 01, 2014 Medicinal Plant Hike
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Colorado River and Canal Tour
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Backyard Composting
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Lichens of Joshua Tree National Park
Saturday, October 18, 2014 9th Annual Desert Garden Community Day
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Meeting and Presentation on Desert Landscaping
Saturday, October 04, 2014 Comprehensive Desert Wise Workshop - Robin Kobaly
Saturday, September 27, 2014 National Public Lands Day - Cactus Spring Trail Improvement
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Learn About Run-off and Easy Steps to Prevent It
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 How to Overseed Without Wasting Water & Water Restriction tips
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Sherman Library & Gardens
Saturday, July 19, 2014 Big Bear Garden Tour
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Claremont Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 San Diego Botanic Garden (Quail BG)
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Meeting and Presentation by Mike Chedester of The Living Desert (open to the public)
Sunday, April 13, 2014 After Garden Tour Party
Sunday, April 13, 2014 9th Annual Desert Garden Tour
Saturday, March 08, 2014 Rancho Dos Palmas Tour
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Coachella Valley Preserve
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 South Coast Botanic Garden
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Presentation by Robin Kobaly (open to the public), Officer Elections
Thursday, December 05, 2013 UC Riverside Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 09, 2013 Medicinal Plant Hike
Saturday, November 02, 2013 The Weed Show
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Los Angeles County Arboretum
Saturday, October 19, 2013 8th Annual Desert Garden Community Day
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Meeting & Presentation on The Weed Show (open to the public)
Saturday, June 08, 2013 Balboa Park, San Diego
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Meeting & Presentation by Author James Adams
Saturday, March 23, 2013 Anza Borrego Wild Flower Hike
Saturday, February 09, 2013 Big Morongo Preserve
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Membership Meeting & Officer Elections
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 Smoke Tree Ranch
Sunday, November 11, 2012 DHSCV Pot Luck - Members Only
Sunday, November 04, 2012 Temecula Olive Oil Tasting and Tour
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Meeting & Presentation by Al Hollinger
Saturday, July 14, 2012 BIG BEAR GARDEN TOUR
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Membership Meeting, The Living Desert
Saturday, March 31, 2012 Phoenix Home and Garden Tour
Saturday, March 17, 2012 "It House"

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