Cactus Ranch

Best Cacti, August 2008
There’s no shortage of prickly riches at Pasadena’s California Cactus Center. But Cactus Ranch promises more multifaceted pleasure—and better deals. Crested mutations are propagated along with a spineless football-shaped variety; such oddballs make the place look more like a zoo than like a garden. The nursery does wholesale business during the week but opens its doors to the public on weekends. That means low prices, unusual species, and expert advice.