One of the best kept secrets in Palm Springs is Moorten Botanical Garden. Founded in 1938, itâ€™s since grown into a jungle of sorts, smack dab in the middle of the desert.
Nicknamed Desertland (hey, cactus-obsessed folks need a place to congregate, too!), this arboretum is a total trip with over 3,000 plant varieties weaving and winding their way through the grounds.
Upon entering Moorten, you pay a $4.00 fee, are handed a map and pointed in the direction of a â€œstart hereâ€ sign. Then, the real adventure begins. You can go at your own pace, following the trails and reading the handwritten signs calling out plant life from seemingly every corner of the globe.
The grounds are beautiful but the real gem of Moorten resides along the very back area â€” itâ€™s the worldâ€™s first cactarium and itâ€™s completely packed to the brim with rare varieties of cacti.
Location-wise, Moorten Botanical Garden is just a few blocks from the Ace Hotel and it takes about 30 minutes to do a self-guided tour the grounds so if youâ€™re in the area, this is a fun and easy stop. Just be careful where you lean and sit! 😉
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