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Moorten Botanical Garden

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Address: 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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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Largest collection of cacti I have ever seen

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Ridgecrest, California
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Ridgecrest, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Americanaarts
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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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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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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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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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

A great little garden of cacti, tortoises and rocks! I walked the entire garden in about an hour. Took lots of pictures of some great cactus and desert plants. For a $5 fee it was worth the price. They have a collection of tortoises on the property - usually sleeping. You can purchase plants at the front gate -- starting... More 

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

A self guided tour through cacti from all over the world as well as a "cactoretum" with rare cacti. Very peaceful and the home on site is a quintessential old California Spanish cottage. They also sell all kinds of succulents and cacti.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Small space with an amazing array of desert wildflowers and plant life. I think it would have been less interesting if we did not join a docent led tour, so we were able to get the interesting insights from him. Huge collection of succulents in the greenhouse.

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