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Palm Springs International ShortFest

World-renowned for the exceptional community of filmmakers it attracts, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is also known for the quality and scope of its programming. This is the largest event of its kind in the country featuring more than 300 short films from over 50 countries.

Santiago Resort makes the perfect home base for this annual celebration. When you’re not sitting in an air-conditioned theater, you can chill in our sparkling pool with fellow film lovers. There’s an exciting lineup of seminars, special presentations and receptions to explore too.

Tickets are available now on the Palm Springs International Film Society website. ShortFest runs June 21-27 and the complete schedule of screenings and events will be available on the site beginning June 12th.

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Gardens of Santiago – Madagascar Palm

Many guests ask about the unusual, spiky, multi-stemmed plant near the pool. No, it doesn’t bear fruit for mai tais. But it sure puts a smile on lots of faces. It’s called a Madagascar Palm, aka “The Devil’s Backscratcher.” This impressive specimen is drought-tolerant and combines features of palms and cactus. It’s related to the softer, gentler Plumeria plant and can grow as tall as 16 feet. Ours is still young but already stands over seven feet tall. And if you visit right now, you’ll see the stems covered in fragrant, white blooms.

Here are some of the local horticulture sites that will inspire your green thumb –

The Living Desert Zoo / Gardens has one of the most extensive and varied desert gardens in the Coachella Valley.

Established in 1938, the fascinating Moorten’s Botanical Garden showcases thousands of desert plants along an easy path.  This is a must see – only one mile from Santiago Resort.

For an unforgettable experience, visit Joshua Tree National Park.  A fascinating variety of plants and animals exist here where the Mohave and the Colorado deserts meet.

Want more information on desert plants?  Join the Coachella Valley’s Desert Horticultural Society and receive The Chuparosa, their monthly newsletter.

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