Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs

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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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TripAdvisor
  • We had read about this place and were intrigued to find out more about what is was all about. What a gem of a place. So many plants and a great variety for sale too. If you need ideas of desert planti...  more »
  • Go in the morning, but before it is blazing hot. Beautiful and plentiful grounds. LOVED the cactitarium!  more »
  • I don't know what time of the year to see this place? Paid 5 dollars entrance fee out by 5 minutes. Most of the Cactus plants were dead. All togather may be 600 Sq feet.  more »
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  • Moorten Botanical is one of my favorite hidden desert gems! A tiny family run botanical garden tucked away in the "curve" just off Hwy 111 it will delight you with its charm and collection of exotic cactus. Clark Moorten is friendly and incredibly helpful in assisting with selecting a little succulent to take home from the Garden cactus stand. A great way to spend a Palm Springs afternoon.
  • One of the highlights of my trip to Palm Springs. The man who owns it is so friendly and it is one of the last places that doesn't gauge you for entry. Took tons of photos and got myself a little succulent to take home. Totally worth the 5 bucks to get in.
  • Intimate cacti and succulent garden. Well worth the admission price just to see the rare and unique specimens.
  • Really cool little botanical garden. An obvious lifetime labor of love. Very interesting and weirdly informative. The Moortens run and live at the gardens. Very nice people too.
  • 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.