Moorten Botanical Garden

Moorten Botanical Garden

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Situated in the south of Palm Canyon Drive, Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium is a popular landmark and the eternal heritage of Patricia and Chester Moorten. They all have common affection for the desert and its glory, flora and fauna. Called Slim for his high remote shape and working as an acrobat, Moorten was among the original Key Cops and went on to understudy Howard Hughes. Bad medical conditions brought him to Palm Springs along with his new wife Patricia, a biological scientist with a particular focus on the botanic. They studied the neighborhood by gathering desert flora, and established an arboretum.

The Morten Botanical Garden currently has 3000 specimens of desert cactuses and various desert flora clustered by geography. Cactories and succulents grow in the “Cactarium” greenhouse, with caudific varieties with thicker root crowns, many kinds of Asclepiads, Aztecia, Gymnocalyciums, Alstromeria, Euphorbia, and Ferocactus.

Clark MortenSlim and Patricia Morten planned and set up the scenery for Frank Sinatra and there was a friendship of Walt Disney. They advised Disney on helping him plan the West Frontierland theme at his brand new adventure park, later to be called Disneyland. The Moretens also traveled extensively and the only son, Clark, went on a trip to Lower California and Mexico, picking herbs all the way to Guatemala in the south.

Today Clark Moorten is the supervisor of the Botanical Garden of Moorten and is well known as an expert on plants in America. Clark takes care of the garden and multiplies many of his botanicals for the market, and welcomes guests nearly daily.

Thursday
  • 10AM–4PM
Friday
  • 10AM–4PM
Saturday
  • 10AM–4PM
Sunday
  • 10AM–4PM
Monday
  • 10AM–4PM
Tuesday
  • 10AM–4PM
Wednesday
  • Closed

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