Long holiday weekends call for escape… so this past Memorial Day weekend was the perfect opportunity to hit the road and head to the desert. A rental house in Palm Springs for a few days can be the perfect remedy to the monotony of weekly routines. Once settled into full-on “relax mode”, there often can be little reason to leave the house – except of course, for a little adventure. This time, we decided to check out some of the local places known for their botanical collections and landscaped grounds.
The Moorten Botanical Garden and the Sunnylands Gardens at the Annenberg Estate are vastly different in aesthetics… while one is layered and organic, the other is modern and linear. Both impressive and inspiring in their own way, we enjoyed each for their unique, different personalities. The Moorten Gardens began as a private arboretum back in 1938 and was eventually opened to the public for all to enjoy, including their “cactarium” – a greenhouse filled with countless varieties of cacti and related rare plants. The Sunnylands Gardens were designed with an architectural perspective. Single specimens in repetition and pattern, combined with stone and water, create visual interest through color, texture and light.
Cacti and succulents are not only low-maintentance and drought tolerant, their shapes and textures are sculptural statements in their own right. Now, who’s inspired to start their own cactarium? I’m definitely wanting to add some more desert plants to my collection.