Arizona Cactus Garden Palo Alto, The Hidden Gem

Arizona Cactus Garden Palo Alto, The Hidden Gem

Outfit Details

Thrifted dress (similar), Jcrew Earrings, Target Boots, Thrifed scarf (similar),  Margaret Elizabeth Bangles, Sunglasses

I fell in love with the Moorten Cactus Garden in Palm Springs during my visit there, and have been on the hunt for something similar up here in Northern California. Thankfully, a friend helped me discover this hidden Palo Alto cactus garden that I can visit instead! It’s beautiful, free and much, much closer to San Francisco than Palm Springs!

The Arizona Cactus Garden is owned by Stanford. It’s tucked behind a treeline near the Palo Alto Stanford Shopping Center. To access it, park at Tootsies (it’s free!) and walk over to the cactus garden. It’s not huge, but has a variety of cacti types, some benches and a general sense of calm.

As a Midwest gal, there is something so magical about cacti to me. I think a lot has to do with the fact that I didn’t grow up in a climate that supports cactus growth. I totally have Southwest Goggles on, as in I still find it beautiful and magical, while I feel like some locals probably just see heat and cacti. I’ve decorated our apartment with a lot of aloes and succulents, even a big cactus I picked up in Palm Springs. I love that there is a hidden cactus garden in Palo Alto that I can visit whenever Arizona is too far away!