The Happy Build
In Hollywood, he landed a part as a Keystone Cop. He got other roles as well. The talking movies weren't good to him for acting in as he didn't have the voice for it, but he worked on the technical side of some movies as well. He did do work on Howard Hughes' Hells Angels.
Diagnosed with tuberculosis, he was given 3 months to live. He was told to go to a sanitarium. Things looked bleak indeed.
Moorten decided he didn't want to go to a sanitarium, but the desert. While he healed, he thought his plan was to collect gold, but he ended up collecting cacti as he saw how much more lucrative the trade was.
The Happy Ending
He came to Palm Springs in 1938, and was introduced to a botanist whom he later married, Wholesale plants became dish gardens, which eventually became landscaping which led to Moorten's Botanical Garden.
Proof that there is always more to the story, the history of the founding of Moorten's Botanical Garden and Cactarium will give you even more wonder as you visit this jewel of Palm Springs.
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