Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, CA
I've been wanting to visit Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs for the last couple years or so, and finally got the opportunity in August. While visiting Palm Springs for my birthday, Scott and I stopped in for an early morning visit; as the weather was to hit triple digits while we were there and we knew we wouldn't be able to last through the heat if we had gone later in the day.
Admission is only $5 for adults and it's a nice stroll around the desert botanical gardens and cactarium. You are given a map that can be followed to discover over 3000 varieties of cacti, succulent, yucca and other native desert plants and learn of their geographic origins. The inst-famous cactriuam is a quonset hut filled with all sorts of plants and cacti draping down the sides and overflowing in pots on display making for a great photo op spot!
Founded by Patricia and Chester Moorten in 1938, the Moorten Botanical Gardens is now operated and curated by their son Clark Moorten - read more on the history here and an interview with Clark here. Scott and I were curious about checking out the space as a potential wedding venue, but it was unfortunately too small for our guest count - it's really great for weddings with about 60 guests and is PERFECT for desert lovers.
1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: (760) 327-6555
Fall, Winter, and Spring
10AM — 4PM daily, except Wednesdays
First day of Summer to First day of Fall (6/21 — 9/21)
9AM — 1PM daily, except Wednesdays
As you walk through the gates you will see our nursery to your left. Please pay at the counter and be sure to get your map!
$5.00 — Adults and Seniors
$2.00 — Children 15 and Under
Free! — Children Under 5
*Pricing and hours are subject to change, please contact Moorten Botanical Gardens directly for up to date information.