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Moorten Botanical Garden

1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
760-327-6555
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Ranked #30 of 64 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Gardens
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors are fascinated by this huge collection of cacti and flowers amid scenic nature trails.
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Santa Cruz, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My daughter and I love to come here for an hour or so in the morning and paint or take photos of the flowering cacti at this peaceful oasis in the desert.

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Red Deer
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Like the sign says when you enter the gardens go slow like the turtle and you will have a very rich experience. This is a garden full of details that looks like it was crafted with love. The number of different species of cacti was amazing. We spent well over an hour at Moorten's and felt relaxed and rejuvenated by... More

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LaGrange, IL USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

It was located less than a block from the Vagabond Hotel, and was operated by a local family. There were many varieties of cacti and trees with walking trails running thru. The family was involved with landscaping at Disneyland and Smoke Tree Ranch. Mr. Moorten tipped me off to Pete's Hideaway restaurant.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The garden is very small and a bit tired round the fringes. When we arrived, the guy at the desk was on his computer, did not look up at all and kept us waiting several minutes before he served us. Not the kind of welcome that makes you warm to any place. The variety of cacti is good but we... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Visitors are fascinated by this huge collection of cacti and flowers amid scenic nature trails. This is a beautifully arranged and nurtured garden full of desert plants. The acre it covers is lined with more exotic varieties of cactus than it is possible to imagine. There are also palm trees, palo verde trees and pencil trees. There are shady areas... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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159 reviews 159 reviews
36 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The Moorten Botanical Garden was recommended by friends, so we decided to stop by. It is not spectacular by any means, but it is an interesting way to spend an hour walking around desert fauna and flora. The cost of admission ($4.00) is about what this place is worth. Having said that, it was a nice diversion on a hot... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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166 reviews 166 reviews
55 attraction reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is a hidden gem. It will only take the visitor a half an hour or so to wander around, but it is stuffed with desert plantings and really fascinating. Yes, it has got to the stage where it looks a little tired, but in a way that adds to the experience. It's certainly worth the small entry fee.

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Calgary
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

As a frequent visitor and seasonal resident Moorten had been on our "to do" list for some time. This year we went. While the variety of plant species is quiet interesting, the facility is very dated and desperately in need of some serious maintenance. The plants may have been well taken care of at some point, but they show now... More

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We found the Moorten Botanical Garden to be very interesting and beautiful in a naturally rustic way. The huge variety of cacti and succulent plants intrinsic to various desert climes was something we had never before seen. It is very close to downtown and a quick and worthwhile little diversion.

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This is a beautifully arranged and nurtured garden full of desert plants. The acre it covers is lined with more exotic varieties of cactus than it is possible to imagine. There are also palm trees, palo verde trees and pencil trees. There are shady areas with seats where it is possible to sit and marvel at this little gem. The... More

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