Visiting…with Huell Howser

Truly, one of my most memorable moments was when I met Huell this past weekend.

David Robinson and I decided to make one last stop on our way home from Palm Springs. It was the Moorten Botanical Gardens, home of the “Cactarium” which is a greenhouse specifically dedicated to growing succulents and cacti. And anytime Dave Robinson suggests we go somewhere, it is best to follow along because something magical always happens.

After meandering through the beautiful botanical gardens and being awed by the luxuriant “Cactarium”, Dave and I were pondering which succulent varietal was our favorite to purchase. And as I made my way for a smart Cereus, Dave whispered to me, “Dude, there’s Huell Howser!”

I looked up and there he was. Clad in a bright orange, short-sleeved button-up and white shorts, smiling and laughing with the grace and ease of a gentle wind.

My heart was racing, I knew I was in the presence of greatness, of a legend. And he glided up to us, charmed us, asked us about our newly purchased succulents; He has the same curiosity, the same vibrant zest for people as he does on his show. More, even.

He charmed me and Dave. We “bro-ed” out with Huell for at least 15 minutes. Nobody else was there, we had him all to ourselves. A real treat. Just me, Dave, Huell and Clark Moorten, the Gardens’ proprietor, curator, and succulent expert.

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