This thrilling, old garden (est. 1938) exudes heart and soul: a family operation with hand-painted signs, well-aged, arborescent plant specimens, antique gold mining artifacts, collectible rocks and unusual pieces of old wood, a nursery with plants for sale, and a cute family of desert tortoises--all for a mere $3. It's suddenly one of my favorite gardens anywhere.
The Moorten Botanical Garden was closed the last time we came to Palm Springs so I was especially glad to see it this time. I don't see any information online about how large it is--an acre or two? I walked through the whole garden twice and took 352 pictures. It's at the very top of my list of things to see and do in Palm Springs. If you're a garden-lover you must come here; the rest of the town's gardening is a horticultural war crime.
Stapeliads as ground cover!
Welcome to the Cactarium.
Welwitschia mirabilis, one of planet Earth's more unusual plants.
They have two of them.