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“Cool cacti” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Moorten Botanical Garden

Moorten Botanical Garden
1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
760-327-6555
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Ranked #35 of 100 things to do in Palm Springs
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Visitors are fascinated by this huge collection of cacti and flowers amid scenic nature trails.
Glendale, California
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Cool cacti”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Yes it's on the smaller side but take your time and appreciate the beauty of the desert plants. I enjoyed lounging on the rock by the house too. Plus you can purchase cacti to take a piece of the desert with you. Slow and simple fun.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“If you like Cacti you will love this vibrant garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This well tended garden has many healthy plants from all over the world. It has been Clark Moorten's labor of love for years. Tended to on his residence estate this treasure has other items of interest as well. From Glistening crystals, colorful rocks, ancient fossils, to pioneer and gold mining relics this place is stuffed with many interesting things. The green house is filled with precious cacti. Started in 1950's by Clark's father and mother it is now surrounded by wealthy homes and the famous but it remains a throwback to those times of yesteryear. "Desertland" also has a Nursery so you can take a few treasures home with you if you can get them through TSA ;-) Well worth the 4 dollar admission fee. Small, compact and easy to get around in you have any mobility issues. Clark has a special exhibition of rare plants that you can see now where else. He also has accommodations for art exhibits, weddings, concerts and more. Catch him in quiet moment and he will talk your ear off about the celebrities that he and his family have befriended through the years.

Visited February 2013
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Vancouver Island
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“It could be so much more”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Fascinating to read the reviews (especially after visiting before reading them). Visited on Sunday, Feb. 10/13 around noon. The guy behind the desk couldn't have been less interested in his job. While some have written about the large property it's probably no more than 1/4 acre (open to the public). The plant signs vary from legible (painted on rocks) to completely illegible or missing. Unfortunately more in the latter two categories. The 'Cactarium' plants had no ID labels and both the structure and the plants looked abandoned. The fenced off and restricted areas (still fairly visible) looked very ramshackle.

The web site referred to "glistening crystals" but if they are there we missed them and the "pioneer and gold-mine relics" are not worth mentioning. The single, poorly maintained restroom is certainly a relic.

If you are really nearby, and interested and knowledgeable in cactii it's likely worth a quick visit. I would sincerely encourage the owner to develop clean-up plan, better signage and perhaps even some interpretive signs, THEN raise price of admission. Moorten Botanical Garden could be so much more than it is.

Visited February 2013
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Osoyoos, Canada
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“Unique botanical selections.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

We stopped by on a quiet Sunday morning. Parking was on the street and the admission price was only $4! Inside we saw cactus and desert vegetation big and small. There were many unique types that I hadn't ever seen. Some of the plant ID signage was a bit faded but the place was clean and easy to navigate. They could probably use a newer "cactarium" building and the meagre sales area is a missed revenue opportunity for them but the staff and owner were friendly and helpful. Would recommend as something worth seeing when in the area.

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Palm Springs, California
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“Local gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Some reviewers may have misunderstood the nature of this spot. It is a family owned and operated botanical garden and cacti collection. It has been maintained by generations of the respected Moorten family in the same location. A labor of love. It is simple and honest. Dont expect the Living Desert! The variety of plants is amazing. As locals, we enjoy taking guests to this little oasis. It can be a stop on the way to the Indian Canyons

Visited December 2012
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