It’s a sign of the times, truly. The sign went up in the 1960s and has never once come down.The slogan, a marketing magnet of sorts and trust me, once you’re pulled through the gates, you’re going to want to stick around.
Cactus, in all its prickly glory, from tiny to tall, giant to small, Cactus Mart puts cacti on the map! They have Teddy Bear, Jumping Cholla, Beaver Tail, Hedgehogs, Saguaro, Joshua Trees and dozens of other plants native to the Mojave Desert.
There is so much to love here, the cacti collective, the succulent smorgasbord, the seemingly never ending path of native plants.
The owner of Cactus Mart, Nicole Holland, calls the business a true desert treasure. She scooped up this high desert gem in 2012 and made it what it is today. Along with the plants, the onsite boutique features a plethora of products from local artisans, from candles to coffee, paintings to pottery. Holland says, “It’s kind of like a little desert haven.”
An historic haven with a pretty cool past. In the 1940’s it was Terp’s Hitching Post, a bustling roadside bar. In the 1960’s it changed hands and the owners swapped stiff drinks for rugged plants and that killer catch phrase. Dig Your Own Cactus, 59 cents.
If you want to partake in that, all you have to do is head to the greenhouse, select a pot from tiny to midsize, grab the tongs, pluck, (dig) and plant. Holland says shes even had people show up with gloves and a shovel asking where they can dig. “Dig your own, it’s the catch, it gets everyone in, they’re curious.”
Curiosity, well in this case, comes with cats. Butch and Sundance are the Cactus Mart mascots. “Everyone falls in love with the cats.” I sure did, in fact, as a matter of fact, they ate from my hands. And I took a liking to these gals, the chicks, the greenhouse greeters.
Holland says between the animals and plants her goal is to make people appreciate the wild desert. It’s conservation via education.
Speaking of education, I asked Holland what questions she’s asked the most, she says laughing, “how to care for a cactus…less is more, don’t overthink it, don’t love it to death, just let it do its thing.
A Cactus Mart mantra that Holland hopes extends far beyond her budding business and eye catching sign, and into the world!
As a side, perhaps beyond the enjoyable afternoon of filming on property, my fav. part was when I asked her if she had any cactus jokes. Without hesitation she said, “I may not know all my cactus but I sure know a pri*k when I see one.” Nuff said!
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