Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California

After spending some time in the pool at the Ace Hotel and a few hours exploring Palm Springs on foot, we headed to Moorten to really begin our trip to California. This place was pretty much at the top of the list of places that we wanted to see in America and we still can't really believe that we've been there for real. I can't even recall where I first heard or saw about the private garden but I guess that part isn't really too important. 

The garden on South Palm Canyon Drive is looked after by Clark Moorten, who took over the plot from his parents that moved there in the 1930s. It's a modest size and features pathways through zoned areas, organised geographically to walk visitors through the arid-loving plants of the world. Areas include Arizona, Baja California, South Africa, Madagascar and Texas. We'll be honest and admit that we didn't know that the individual climates of each area could differ quite so much - the more we delve into gardens the more we learn of the world and that's what travel is for right?

Moorten Botanical Garden is also home to what is called a 'cactarium' that holds another world of cacti, presumably the more delicate specimens that need their temperature controlling a little more carefully than those that live out in the open air. In here we found a group of girls engaged in a fashion shoot so decided to leave them to it but later returned to take our own photos - those we shall save for another time as this blog post is already a little cramped as it is. 

Moorten Botanical Garden

1701 S Palm Canyon Dr — Palm Springs, CA — 92264

{ This post is part of our USA 2017 Trip }

Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.
Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, California.