Desert Horticultural Society

Field Trips, Meetings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, February 20, 2016
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • The Plant Yoda's Den - 49034 Mockingbird Lane, Morongo Valley, CA

    Power of Plants presents:

    Join us for our next event featuring Robin Kobaly as she presents ancient and traditional uses of native desert plants, demonstrating ways to adapt them to fit today's needs for food, medicines, art, and utility. During this popular 4-hour workshop, Robin will share her extensive knowledge and teach participants -- through smell, taste, touch, and sight -- how the unique qualities of each plant can add richness to the home, kitchen, medicine chest, garden, and more. Demonstrations and samples abound in this informative and inspiring hands-on workshop. Please reserve your spot early, as spaces are limited and this workshop fills up fast! You will leave with a new perspective on our amazing native plants, and the valuable gifts they generously offer to us.

    $45 Workshop Registration - includes handouts & edible samples.  Register at Power of Plants website.

    For more information or reservations, please call 760-363-1166, visit our website, or email

    • Thursday, March 10, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • UCR Palm Desert auditorium, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA, 92211

    Plant community diversity is declining and is likely to continue doing so, in arid and semiarid climates that are effectively becoming more arid under the influences of climactic warming and erratic precipitation. Find out what that means for various communities during this talk from Dr. Susan Harrison of UC Davis.

    Boyd Deep Canyon lecture series held by the University of California, Riverside (UCR) at the Palm Desert campus.

    RSVP here

    • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

    We have had many previous requests from our members to tour the Chinese garden. So you shall. Join us and a curator specializing in horticulture to enjoy the oriental beauty in the Chinese pavilion. All of the new stone work has been imported from china and meticulously installed by Chinese craftsmen. No host luncheon on the grounds or in nearby Pasadena.

    Carpool will leave Palm Springs from Mary Brent's at 8 am arriving at the library at 10.

    • Sunday, April 03, 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Starts out at Wellness Park (SW corner of Via Miraleste & Tachevah), Palm Springs, CA 92262

    The 11th Annual Desert Garden Tour will be held Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 12 Noon to 4 PM. Presented by Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley (DHSCV), this event features self-guided walks through five colorful, water-conserving Palm Springs gardens. Created by homeowners and design professionals, these gardens offer insight and inspiration that speak to every garden style.

    Guests check in and receive tour maps at Wellness Park on the corner of Via Miraleste and Tachevah in Palm Springs. Pre-registration will be available online starting February 15 payable via Paypal.

    Guests may also register on-site from 12 Noon to 2 PM at Wellness Park the day of the event. There is no cost for current DHSCV members. Admission is $15 for non-members and $5 for students (No checks or credit cards can be accepted. Cash only please).

    While the desert plants love the rain El Nino is bringing it could affect the Garden Tour. Should we have to cancel your donation is fully tax deductible.

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    • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    • 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 Jessyca Frederick

    DHSCV member Jessyca Frederick will address current drought issues and speak about the water needs of different groups of native and desert-adapted plants, the relationship between your soil and your irrigation equipment and runoff, easy water conservation wins in the garden, how smart controllers work, and how to make a watering schedule that works for you—your plants, your garden, your irrigation equipment, and your weather. 

    Jessyca Frederick is the co-founder and CEO of Water Wise Now, a company based in La Quinta which helps homeowners, HOAs, and small businesses use less water in the landscape. She holds a Professional Certificate in Landscape Architecture from UCLA Extension and is a tireless advocate for water conservation.


    • Saturday, April 23, 2016
    • Sunday, April 24, 2016
    • High Desert - Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms

    Not that far from the Coachella Valley the high desert shares similar conditions for growing plants.  This garden tour is a great way to explore this beautiful area.

    Sign up for email notification at for more detailed information on the tour when it because available. 

    • Sunday, April 24, 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA
    You’ll find ideas, answers, and a wide assortment of great plants, including herbs, vegetable seedlings, drought-tolerant grasses and sedges, cacti, succulents, roses, tropicals, trees, vines, groundcovers, and much more.  For more information go here.

    • Saturday, July 02, 2016
    • Sunday, July 03, 2016
    • Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA

    This show and plant sale is well worth the trip.

    • Saturday, August 13, 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, August 14, 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • LA County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin, Arcadia, CA
    The cactus and succulent plant show and sale is well worth the trip.

Past events

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Huntington Library / Desert Garden
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Farm to Table
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 UCR Living Green Series: The Emergence of the Coachella Valley as a Conservation Leader
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Meeting and Presentation by Kirk Anderson, Curator of Gardens at The Living Desert
Thursday, January 14, 2016 UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series - The California Deserts: Floristic Frontier on the Brink
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 CVWD Water Awareness Tour
Friday, December 04, 2015 Sherman Library & Roger's Nursery
Saturday, November 07, 2015 Medicinal Plant Walk, Corrizo Canyon
Saturday, October 31, 2015 UCR Landscape Workshop - Sustainable landscaping during a time of drought
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 CVWD Colorado River and Canal Tour
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Meeting and Presentation by KCET's Chris Clarke
Sunday, October 18, 2015 Wonders of Nature Exhibit (10/18/15 - 12/13/15)
Saturday, October 17, 2015 Desert Garden Community Day
Thursday, October 08, 2015 Desert Plants on the Fault Line Hike (various dates)
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 Drought, Water Restrictions, and Your Garden
Saturday, May 02, 2015 Cuyamaca Garden Tour
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Meeting and Presentation by Robin Kobaly, "Alter-Natives ~ Great Native Alternatives to Traditional Yard Plants"
Sunday, April 12, 2015 10th Annual Desert Garden Tour
Thursday, April 02, 2015 Songbird Cottage / Robin Kobaly
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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