Curator's blog

First Day of Spring!

Happy first day of spring 2013!

Color is beginning to show in all places of the Garden, from the top of the Four Seasons Garden all the way down to the Rose Garden and everywhere in between.

Rijnveld's Early Sensation Daffodil       Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'

Early Bloomers

It looks like spring is right around the corner. As the snow melts off the flower beds a few of our early blooming flowers have decided it is time to show off

Hardy Cyclamen       Cyclamen coum

Our Hardy Cyclamen are planted under the Russian Olive Trees at the top of the Floral Walk.

Time to get enLichend

Greenhouse Blooms

The snow is deep and the temperatures literally freezing, so for this blog we decided to head indoors to our beautiful greenhouse. The tropical warmth of our state-of-the-art greenhouse and dedicated staff create a lush, welcoming and beautiful display.

Tropical orange blooms       Hibiscus sp.

Tantalizing Textures

The leaves have fallen on many of our trees, revealing the often overlooked textures and colors of their beautiful bark. The bark of trees and shrubs can create a tantalizing display of papery peels, deep gnarled fissures and lovely color gradients that provide visual interest throughout the fall and winter.

Paperbark Maple Branch       Acer griseum

Cold Weather Performers

Just because the weather isn't warm anymore doesn't mean there arent plenty of beautiful things to be seen throughout the garden.

Blackbird Euphorbia       Euphorbia 'Blackbird'

Texas Red Oak       Quercus texana

Winter Walk 2012

After the first major snowstorm of the year the garden looks great! The backdrop of snow creates a great contrast between our evergreens and trees and blanket of white.

Variegated Japanese Euonymus       Euonymus japonicus 'Aureo-Variegata'

Red Butte Maples

Fall is the time when most maples put on the best show. At Red Butte Garden we have a nice selection of maples to give you a good taste of how maples can enhance your own garden.

Big Tooth Maple       Acer grandidentatum

Fall Fashion

Fall is definitely here folks and it's putting on its best dress just in time for Garden After Dark which begins October 18th. The Garden is draped with brilliant fall foliage, fall blooming flowers and showy seed heads.

Our Phenomenal Grasses

Fall is the best time to visit Red Butte Garden to see our extraordinary ornamental grass collection. Examples of our collection can be found in every garden. Be sure you don't miss seeing a single one.

Blue Grama Grass       Bouteloua gracilis

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Closed Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24-Jan 1

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

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Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February


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Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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