Tuesday 14 June 2011 - Filed under Gardens
One of the most charming and magical places I visited during my California road trip was Moorten Botanical Garden.. It’s a family run botanical garden operated today by Clark Moorten, son of Chester “Cactus Slim” and Patricia Moorten who established the garden in 1938.
It’s a small garden, occupying part of one block, just a couple blocks off the main road running through Palm Springs, small enough that non-gardeners don’t complain too much if you drag them along. They might even end up liking it, if not for the plants, then maybe for the birds, tortoises and lizards.
The World’s First Cactarium surely deserved an in depth investigation, but some scardey cats are worried about meeting snakes in confined spaces (okay me). Maybe I’ll get my courage up on my next visit this fall.
Scurrying noises in the dirt always have me on edge looking for snakes, but it always turned out to be a lizard. They were everywhere, running out on paths, stopping to do some lizard push ups, then hurrying back under the brush.
And a little extra incentive, there are also plants for sale. Because I was at the start of a long road trip back to Portland I had to leave empty handed, but if I could have fit one of those pots of huge blue agaves I posted yesterday into the rental car, it would have come home with me.
2011-06-14 » megan