Garden Visit: The Cactarium at Moorten Botanical Garden

Garden Visit: The Cactarium at Moorten Botanical Garden

Kimber Watson
Nov 29, 2012

I just returned from a sunny Florida vacation and have yet to see any snow in the mid-Atlantic, but I'm already jonesing for a little sun therapy. It's sad, really, but once I bring that last house plant back inside for the season, I go into "but I need to garden" mode! Fortunately I have the internet to keep me company, as well as offer up inspiration for the future. And lo and behold, look what I found — the World's First Cactarium!

For this garden visit, Chuck from My Back 40 (feet) took us to the Moorten Botanical Garden, a living museum of desert lore. Nestled in the desert of Palm Springs, this family owned and operated garden has been around since 1938. It's quite easy to see this garden is run as a labor of love, with handmade signs, unique rocks and wood pieces, as well as antique gold mining artifacts. There's cacti galore, rare plant specimens and a family of roaming tortoises. And if that wasn't enough, it styles itself as having the World's First Cactarium! Yes, the Moorten Botanical Garden has now earned itself a spot on my "Gardens I Must Visit" Pinterest board.

If you too are craving the same sort of therapy, head over to My Back 40 (feet) for some visual inspiration and virtual warmth. Or, if you're near Palm Springs, book a room at the Ace Hotel (or somewhere equally as appealing) and go to the garden itself. Four bucks for admission, and you might even walk away with a plant purchase or two. For information on the Moorten Botanical Garden, you can visit their website here.

(Images: My Back 40 (feet))

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