Moorten’s Botanical Gardens is one of my three favorite places to shop for new cactus every season; the other two being The Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley and the Living Desert nursery in Palm Desert. Moorten’s is by far the oldest, having first been established in 1938 by Chester “Cactus Slim” Moorten and his wife, Patricia Moorten. It’s still a family-run business, owned and operated by their son, Clark.
The gardens are not only great for shopping, but also exploring. There are meandering paths to wander around and look at the excellent variety of cacti. Because the gardens have been around for so long, the plants are well-established and mature, making the gardens feel lush and shady, not usually how you would describe a cactus garden in the Colorado Desert.
The gardens are also available for private events and I think it’s a perfect spot to hold an understated, intimate wedding. It’s one of the few places left that still has the charm of Old Palm Springs.
The staff is very friendly and will answer all kinds of questions about the plants (over 3,000 varieties) and history of the place.
Moorten’s botanical Gardens is located at 1701 S. Palm Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs, California.
**Al photos taken with my trusty iPhone 4s.