Curator's blog

Blooming Bulbs 2012

It's that time folks! The bulbs are awake and are open all over the Garden. This year Red Butte Garden will have over 300,000 bulbs blooming.

Be sure to visit multiple times throughout the bulb season to see the many varieties on display.

All Bark, No Bite

It looks like, for the moment, Utah might be having a little bit of winter. So while everything that's blooming is under a thin blanket of snow, lets take our attention to the often overlooked and attractive bark possessed by so many trees and shrubs within the gardens.

The Paperbark Maple can be found along the Floral Walk and in the Perennial Garden. The exfoliating bark looks nice when back lit with morning sun.

Winter Conifers

Winter time - with or without snow - presents a wonderful time to explore the gardens and see our ever expanding conifer collections. We have conifers in many locations in every garden within Red Butte. There are many new and unique varieties added each year and the best way to find out about them is to visit often and explore every garden.

Norway Spruce       Picea abies

Seven-Son Flower - Heptacodium miconioides

One truly magnificent tree at Red Butte Garden is the Seven-Son Flower (Heptacodium miconioides).


Seven-Son Flower       Heptacodium miconioides

Fall at Red Butte Garden

The colors at Red Butte Garden and the surrounding foothills are filled with autumn colors. Come take a walk through the garden before the leaves are all gone.

Amur Maple

Amur Maple        Acer ginnala

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple        Acer japonicum

Fall is for the Grasses

From now until the snow falls is the best time to see our fantastic display of ornamental grasses. They are planted in every garden so be sure to them all.

Four Seasons Panicum

Miscanthus in a sea of Panicum

Silver Spike Grass

Silver Spike Grass       Chnatherum calamagrostis

September Roses

The temperatures are beginning to cool down and our roses are still showing off.  Come take a walk through our gardens and see how many different cultivars you can count.

Jude The Obscure Rose

Jude The Obscure Rose        Rosa 'AUSjo'

Graham Thomas Rose

Graham Thomas Rose        Rosa 'AUSmas'

August Blooms

It has been an interesting year, that's for sure. Everything is blooming later than normal and some blooming periods are lasting longer, but either way things are in full swing right now.  You'll find these beauties as you walk through the garden.

Campanula incurva

Bellflower        Campanula incurva

Digitalis lanata

A Walk in the Natural Area

Today was the perfect day for a hike in the Natural Area. With approximately 3 1/2 miles of trails to hike, Red Butte is a great place to come and escape the city for a while and see some cool native flowers.


Comandra umbellata       Bastard Toadflax


Crepis acuminata       Tapertip Hawksbeard

Spring is here......maybe.

I think we're FINALLY in springtime.... The daffodils are finishing up and the lilacs, crabapples and viburnums are almost in full swing.


Volcan Lilac       Syringa vulgaris 'Volcan'


Charles Holetich Lilac       Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Holetich'

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Closed Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24-Jan 1

*On days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, garden hours are 9AM-5PM

Only Service Animals are allowed in the garden


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Adults (ages 18-64): $12
Seniors (ages 65+): $10
Military w/ID: $10
Children (ages 3-17): $7
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $10
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

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

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February


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