Curator's blog

Early Spring

If you've visited Red Butte this month you have probably noticed that spring is trying to push winter away......

We have a new addition to our early spring bloomers this year at Red Butte. Located under the Russian Olive trees in the Mediterrainean area of the Floral Walk there are Hardy Cyclamens blooming their little hearts out.

SIKE

Hardy Cyclamen        Cyclamen coum

Beautiful Indoor Arrangements

Just because it's winter doesn't mean there isn't plenty of color for you to come see at the gardens.

We begin our tour with some outstanding specimens in the Visitor Center. At the top of the stairs your eyes should immediately be drawn to our tallest plant, our Screw Pine.

Common Screw Pine         Pandanus utilis

It's About Time

It's about time I posted something on our What's Blooming Blog. Thanks to a lot of prodding by our Greenhouse Assistant and for the excellent photos.

On your next visit to the garden....which should be VERY SOON....stop by the Orangerie and see the beautiful Amaryllis display arranged by Scott Mower.

Amaryllis 1

Amaryllis sp.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 1.October.2009

Club Cactus

Giant Club Cactus       Cereus repandus

Club Cactus

VERY EXCITING NEWS!!! Our Giant Club Cactus is blooming in the Visitor Center.  The flower will be open today, and today only.

Come see it before it closes. You'll be impressed with how large and beautiful it is.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 29.September.2009

Pinyon

Pinyon Pine       Pinus edulis

Pinus edulis is one of 20 species of pine tree that delicious pine nuts are harvested from. The seeds are very important to wildlife and are eaten by any insects, mammals and birds.

In its native plant community, it grows very slowly, and trees witha trunk diameter of 6 to 8 inches can be well over 100 years old.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 28.September.2009

Primrose

Shimmering Primrose       Oenothera fremontii

Bright, lemon-yellow, crepe paper-like blooms cover the mounding silver-green foliage from mid summer into fall.

The gardeners who introduced this plant into cultivation gave it the cultivar name 'Shimmer' after their favorite song by the band Fuel.

All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.

Is Fall Here?

Chocolate

White Snakeroot        Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Oenothera

Shimmering Primrose        Oenothera fremontii 'Shimmer'

Penstemon

Red Butte Photo of the Day 22.September.2009

Sunflower

Common Sunflower       Helianthus annuus

Common sunflower is a robust annual that grows from 1 1/2 to over 8 feet tall. The flower heads can grow up to 5 inches across.  It is the state flower of Kansas.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 21.September.2009

Penstemon

Hartweg's Beardtongue       Penstemon hartwegii 'Giganteus'

In most parts of the country, this penstemon is usually grown as an annual, but is hardy in zones 8-10.  If it is grown with dry cover and dry soil, in a protected location, it can survive much colder winters.

The species is native from the colder parts of the Mexico mountains.

Late Summer Blooms

Just because summer is coming to an end doesn't mean that colorful flowers are too.

Agastache

Apache Sunset Hyssop        Agastache rupestris 'Apache Sunset'

Buddleja

Butterfly-Bush        Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin'

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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

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LOCATION
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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