Garden After Dark Activity Station Information

Chauncey, Red Butte Garden’s resident gnome, is missing! Learn more about the suspects in the mystery and create tokens to remind you of what they look like as you learn about some of the many fearsome and amazing plants found in nature.

Fire Barrels

Throughout the Garden

Stop and look for clues to help uncover this year’s mystery! Fire barrel locations may have a clue or two to share and our friendly volunteers will also be able to provide general information and directions.

Thorny Desert

Sprout House

Visit the hideout of Spike Thornton, the first suspect in our mystery! Make your own glowing porcupine tomato bracelet to help you identify Spike if you see him in the Garden and learn more about different pokey plants.

Poisonous Prairie

Wildflower Meadow

“Poisonous” Penelope Trumpet is taking refuge in the prairie! Find out about the many poisonous plants that may be lurking in your own backyard as you create your own datura flower necklace.

Strangler Vine Maze

Lower Garden Lawn

Welcome to the lair of Veronica Vine! Who knows what tricky plants you might find as you wander the twisting pathways. Be sure to take note of the different vines you encounter in case they can help solve the mystery of Chauncey’s disappearance!

Carnivorous Swamp

Wedding Lawn

Watch out for Kingston Sundew, our next suspect! Create a sticky sundew leaf as you learn about the amazing method this plant uses to capture unsuspecting insects.

Frightful Forest

Rose House

“Scary” Larry Flora is lurking in his forest den! Create your very own bat flower mask as you discover a variety of appalling plants. Can you believe all of the unpleasant looking plants showcased here are really found in nature?

Suspect Alley

Secret Path near Pear Arbors

Now that we’ve uncovered a few clues in our mystery, it’s time to meet all of the suspects! Do you think you’ll be able to recognize them by comparing the crafts you made at each station with the suspects themselves? Don’t be frightened by our cast of characters or their friends!

Crime Scene Mural

Orangerie

Do you know who’s responsible for Chauncey’s disappearance? Contribute to the solution by coloring one of 600 numbered squares, which will be pieced together throughout the evening to showcase the scene of the crime. By the end of the evening we’ll all know who the culprit is in our Garden mystery!

If you can’t stay for the entire evening we will be sharing the solution on our website after Garden After Dark is complete!

Plant Information Stations

Orangerie

The characters in our mystery are just for fun, but the plants they represent can all be found in the real world! Visit our knowledgeable volunteers to find out more about the plants our characters are based on as well as other thorny, poisonous, viney, carnivorous and frightening flora.


HOURS
Jan 2-Mar 31: 9 am-5 pm
April 1-30: 9 am-7:30pm
May 1-Aug 31: 9 am-9 pm*
Sept 1-30: 9 am-7:30 pm*
Oct 1-Dec 23: 9 am-5 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Dec 24-Jan 1

*Days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, hours are 9 am-5 pm.

Only Service Animals are allowed in the Garden

GENERAL ADMISSION

Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $10
Seniors (ages 65+): $8
Military w/ID: $8
Children (ages 3-17): $6
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $8
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February

CONTACT
(801)585-0556

LOCATION
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
How to Get Here

XMission

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