Moorten Botanical Garden

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Moorten Botanical Garden

Spotlight: Greater Palm Springs Moorten Botanical Garden See a world of desert plants in a serene private garden If you think of the desert as a place dotted with spine-wielding cacti, you’re right. But it’s also a place of cool and shady palm oases, delicate succulents, and fabulous bursts of springtime color. See examples of the region’s varied plant life—as well as species from other desert environments around the world—at this low-key, family-run garden. Started in 1938 by the Moorten family as a private arboretum, the family now invites the public to follow a winding trail to see more than 3,000 types of desert-loving plants. As you explore, look for brightly colored rocks and sparkling crystals, fossils, and pioneer and mining relics among the plantings. The Moorten family’s tranquil Mediterranean-style home, nicknamed the “Cactus Castle,” is located in the Palm Grove Oasis, and it hints at the style of the region before the skinny-tied Rat Pack sashayed into town. Expand Hide

Moorten Botanical Garden

Founded in 1938, the Moorten Botanical Garden features over 3000 varieties of succulents, cacti, yucca, and other plants. (It’s also home to the world’s first Cactarium— a term coined by the Moorten family over 70 years ago.) As a result, the current owner, Clark Moorten, is never at a loss for company: the garden is visited by adventurers and garden aficionados from all over the world, and has become an Instagram phenomenon in recent months.

Moorten Botanical Garden

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If you think of the desert as a place dotted with spine-wielding cacti, you’re right. But it’s also a place of cool and shady palm oases, delicate succulents, and fabulous bursts of springtime color. See examples of the region’s varied plant life—as well as species from other desert environments around the world—at this low-key, family-run garden. Started in 1938 by the Moorten family as a private arboretum, the family now invites the public to follow a winding trail to see more than 3,000 types of desert-loving plants. As you explore, look for brightly colored rocks and sparkling crystals, fossils, and pioneer and mining relics among the plantings. The Moorten family’s tranquil Mediterranean-style home, nicknamed the “Cactus Castle,” is located in the Palm Grove Oasis, and it hints at the style of the region before the skinny-tied Rat Pack sashayed into town.

Moorten Botanical Garden

Nestled on a discrete stretch of South Palm Canyon Drive in a neighborhood defined by charming mid-century modern homes, the Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs is one of the most alluring desert gardens in the world. Visitors to this unique botanical refuge are apt to feel like they’ve encountered something out of a fairytale, as the incredible, privately-owned oasis seems to hide from view, behind sturdy, unassuming gates.

That’s how this place came about. Moorten Botanical Garden has always been open to the public. To me it’s a pleasure to have this. I think it’s a pretty amazing collection, and it’s nice that we can share it with the public– and that others appreciate it, too.

If you think of the desert as a place dotted with spine-wielding cacti, you’re right. But it’s also a place of cool and shady palm oases, delicate succulents, and fabulous bursts of springtime color. See examples of the region’s varied plant life—as well as species from other desert environments around the world—at this low-key, family-run garden. Started in 1938 by the Moorten family as a private arboretum, the family now invites the public to follow a winding trail to see more than 3,000 types of desert-loving plants.

As you explore, look for brightly colored rocks and sparkling crystals, fossils, and pioneer and mining relics among the plantings. The Moorten family’s tranquil Mediterranean-style home, nicknamed the “Cactus Castle,” is located in the Palm Grove Oasis, and it hints at the style of the region before the skinny-tied Rat Pack sashayed into town.

On a recent trip to Palm Springs, I sat down with Moorten to discuss why his father, an icon of silent film industry who was one of the original Keystone Cops, left his career in Hollywood to start a nursery in the desert. Below, we discuss Joshua Trees, Hell’s Angels, cactus smuggling, and the surprising reason why Mexico has stopped the export of all cacti.

As the most dominant doubles team of all time, pro tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan have wowed fans worldwide. But the crowd-pleasing identical twins, known for their signature high-flying chest bump after each victory, echo that there’s no place like home—especially when that home is California’s Central Coast. Though they now live elsewhere, the pair often returns to Camarillo, in Ventura County, roughly halfway between L.A. and Santa Barbara. We sat down with the high-flying pair at the home of the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells Tennis Garden near Palm Springs, and asked them to serve up their views on everything from how they’d spend a perfect day in their home state to their favorite local place for soft tacos.

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