Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs

(4.2/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium is a 1-acre family-owned botanical garden specializing in cacti and other desert plants, located at 1701 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States. It is in the Colorado Desert ecosystem.HistoryThe Moorten Gardens were established in 1939 by Patricia and Chester "Cactus Slim" Moorten, Chester being one of the original Keystone Cops. The Moorten residence was originally built in Mediterranean style by photographer Stephen H. Willard (1894–1966). The Moortens collected many of their own specimen plants from Baja California, mainland Mexico, and as far south as Guatemala. To recognize their contributions to the community, the Moortens were awarded "Golden Palm Stars" on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
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  • Visited there many times back in the 80's-90's. Went back today after a lunch in Palm Springs to walk it off.... It was always a nice place to stroll & enjoy the grounds. It still is, and you always s...  more »
  • My sister and I came across this place by accident. My tip is to take the guided tour as you will learn a lot. It is only $5 which must be one of the best bargains in Palm Springs!  more »
  • We went hiking in Tahqietz canyon which is very close by and I was hoping to learn about the wildflowers that we saw during the Super bloom of the dessert..Nobody had a clue.. The cacti they had were ...  more »
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  • This is one of Palm Springs' little gems. The Moorten family has been operating the botanical garden since it opened. The people are warn and friendly. There is so much to see and so much creativity has gone into making this place feel special. A majority of the grounds are shaded, with that said my group and I arrived at noon and the heat never became an issue.
  • If you like cactuses or succulents, this is your place. A ton of different plants (mostly cactuses) from different regions. Admission was $5 a person, which I thought was fair. The guy at the front could've been a little friendlier, but I think the extreme heat was dampening everyone's mood. Overall, great place to relax and take some photos. They also have a little nursery where you can buy plants to take home with you.
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  • Nice little place to wander before the 115 degree heat kicked in. Lots of shade and interesting plants. I wish I could have purchased some succulents to fly back home with me!
  • When I was working in the area last I happened on to this wonderful experience. Coming from a family of plant and rock collectors, I was in heaven here. First thing that came to mind when I knew I was back in the area to work. AND first on my list for visitors.Wonderful place and friendly, informative people. Also am looking forward to more plant start purchases. Still have most of the prior plants though my relocations! Definite must see in Palm Springs for nature lovers.