The unique terrain of Moorten Botanical Gardens has awed and inspired many a visitor and should be on your Palm Springs to-do list. This amazing cactus garden in the desert is home to the famous Cactarium and takes you on a journey through several different desert regions showcasing some impressive species of desert plants and cacti including a greenhouse dedicated to some smaller, unique cacti and succulent plants.
Full prickly charm, make sure this destination that sits just a mile and half from downtown Palm Springs is on your list. Visit on your own, book a guided tour, and even bring home a plant from their nursery. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to chat with Clark Moorten himself about the plants and the gardens’ unique history.
One Acre, Dozens of Arid Biomes
Tip: The Botanical Garden does host events and photoshoots making it a perfect backdrop. Check out their website for more details.
Mojave, Colorado Desert Region, South-African-Succulent Karoo…
Just to name a few of the desert regions you’ll experiences as you stroll through the curated gardens. Alien-like plant life mixed in with petrified wood, crystals and fossils give you a unique experience unlike any other botanical garden out there.
Love cacti and other desert plants? Check out my post on A Perfect November Day in Joshua Tree to see photos of an amazing cholla cactus garden we visited.
The Worlds First Cactarium
A greenhouse just for cacti? Yes, please!
So, in your Palm Springs research, you’ve probably come across this very scene above with a very stylish blogger or Instagrammer standing in the aisle. Well, now you know where this infamous Instagram hot spot is and can take your own aisle photo and admire the beautiful cacti and succulent species throughout the greenhouse.
These are smaller than what you’ll find outside of the Cactarium and you may see some species you’ve probably bought at your local garden nursery. This is quite an enjoyable little greenhouse for those who really love these types of plants.
Tip: Be sure to keep a close eye on little ones you bring to the garden, as you can see there is very little stopping you from touching these beautiful plants and it will hurt to get prickers stuck in your skin.
Moorten Botanical Gardens Cactarium, nursery and Event Venue
1701 S Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, California 9226
$5 adults, $2 Children, Free under 5
Fall, Winter, and Spring hours 10am-4pm (closed on wednesdays)
The first day of Summer-First day of Fall 9 am-1 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Know Before You Go
The garden has limited hours and days of operation, be sure to check before you try to visit. The garden hosts events, photoshoots, and weddings. A fun idea would be to hire a local photographer to get your photos taken in the garden. There is also a plant nursery on the property where you can take home plants. Keep in mind if you are flying into Palm Springs there may be restrictions taking plants home with you. The garden has an interesting history, check out their website to read more about it!