“Back in the 1950s, when Palm Springs locals thought of cacti, succulents and other desert plants, they automatically thought of Patricia and Chester “Slim” Moorten, owners and founders of Moorten Botanical Garden on South Palm Canyon Drive.
The Moortens not only provided the desert landscaping for many of the Coachella Valley’s rich and famous homeowners; they were responsible for landscaping the route of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
They were also called upon to create a desert setting for a new amusement park in Orange County that would be known the world over as Disneyland.
Pat Moorten had become a can-do woman in Palm Springs who knew what she wanted. According to “The Patricia Moorten Story” by Christopher Griffin in Profile Weekly Magazine, she said: “I knew what I wanted to do from the time I was quite young. As a young girl I had built a very fascinating garden in Ohio, but I maintained that someday, I would build a botanical garden of desert plants.”