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Moorten Botanical Garden

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Address: 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264-8936
Phone Number: 760-327-6555
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Visitors are fascinated by this huge collection of cacti and flowers amid...

Visitors are fascinated by this huge collection of cacti and flowers amid scenic nature trails.

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great little find in Palm Springs

This little neighborhood nursery and cactus garden was a super way to spend an hour early in the day before it got too hot. Such a great display of cacti from all over the area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
tmini2010
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Concord, Massachusetts
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Sammamish, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I take friends from out of town to visit as it is a wonderful experience to view the gardens and even buy some cactus. The place has stayed in the family for many years and you may get to hear some interesting stories from people that work there about in the good "ole" days when movie stars used to escape... More 

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Concord, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little neighborhood nursery and cactus garden was a super way to spend an hour early in the day before it got too hot. Such a great display of cacti from all over the area and Mexico and we even saw a cool horned lizard hiding in the greenhouse. Knowledgable staff and you can even buy your own desert plants... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

SO GREAT is this small botanical garden. A real glimpse into the past and educational too. It's quite small but sweet as can be. The founder was once an old silent film star who relocated to Palm Springs and became an expert botanist specializing of course in desert plants. Back in the day he helped landscape many of the great... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in the desert so I am familiar with many desert cacti but there were many unique specimens in this garden from places around the globe. I have never seen so many rare specimens as they have here. Creeping cactus, jumping cholla and many others. Many varieties of prickly pear cactus. Worth the $5 admission. Probably need about an... More 

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Benicia, California
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

In a desert growth see still but here it's easy to see and capture the garden experience. We enjoyed the quiet stroll through the garden trails. Many species would of been missed during our visit in Palm Spring but this Botanical Garden displayed the spender of succulents and cati thriving.

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Los Angeles, California
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109 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Small garden grounds. You can take a self tour of the gardens and see ponds, turtles, lizards and lots of desert plants. It is really nice and relaxing. If you visit on a hot day you have the whole place for yourself. Bring water to drink while you walk on a hot day.

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We visited during a super hot weekend, and had the place to ourselves, except for staff. It was a little oasis of quiet nearly in the middle of downtown PS. It's actually a private residence surrounded by landscaped grounds full of interesting plants. We took the self guided tour and wandered through hundreds of plants group in intriguing ways, and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

This is a truly unique botanical garden and a must for anyone who appreciates succulents, cacti and desert vegetation. It is easily accessible by the bus and it is a pleasant 30 min visit. Loved it!! And will come back every time I visit PS.

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Thank ivanafranovic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Make sure to bring your camera!! This place is fantastic and interesting. There are so many different plants to learn about and photograph. Try to go right when they open in the morning as it gets pretty hot!

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Cathedral City, California
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

More than 3000 varieties of desert plants can be seen at this wonderful place -which is truly a labor of love by the volunteers/gardeners who attend this incredible display of desert plant species. Moorten Botanical Garden was established in 1938 by Patricia and Chester "Cactus Slim" Moorten, a biologist, and contortionist, respectively, and remains a family-owned and operated botanical garden.... More 

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