Curator's blog

Fall Bloomers and Grasses

See!  I kept my word. I updated the blog.Japanese AnemoneJapanese Anemone  Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' 

Inside the Orangerie

So far I've taken pictures and blogged about various places around our gardens, but never anything inside our buildings. 

Orangerie
We have a collection of plants in our greenhouse that we rotate through
our Orangerie to keep it beautiful.  Since they require a warmer
climate to survive, the only place you can see them is in the
Orangerie.  So next time you're here, be sure to take a look inside.

The Fruits of Red Butte

The term "fruit" has many different meanings depending on the context. In botany, a fruit is the ripened ovary together with the seedsof a flowering plant. In cooking, when food items are called "fruit", the term is usually used for those plant fruits that are edible, sweet and fleshy.

Below are some examples of fruits in the garden. Asian Pear
Chojuro Asian Pear Pyrus 'Chojuro'

Last Chance for Daylilies

If your only purpose for visiting Red Butte Garden every year is to see our wonderful daylily collection, this week will probably be your last chance to see them.

The best places to see a great variety of daylilies is in the Water Pavillion Garden by the mother moose sculpture, around the water pavillion itself, and along the Floral Walk by the pear arbors.

Check out these beautiful cultivars.

Brodaded Gown
Hemerocallis 'Brocaded Gown'

Birds and Butterflies

It's the time of year to keep your eye open for hummingbirds and butterflies. I've started seeing quite a few swallowtail and monarch butterflies around the garden, and the hummingbirds are beginning to spend their time around the hummingbird mint.

Hummingbird Mint
Hummingbird Mint Agastache rupestris

The best place to see this plant and the hummingbirds it attracts is at the bottom of the Four Seasons Garden on the north side.

New Blooms

To start off this weeks blog I want to bring attention to Utah's largest native flower, the Sacred Datura or Angels-Trumpet Datura wrightii.

Sacred Datura
Sacred Datura Datura wrightii

These beautiful flowers open at night and stay open until they are spent. They have a very sweet fragrance and are related to tomatoes and peppers.

 

Other beautiful flowers you might find in the garden include:

PENSTEMANIA!

The time has finally come to view our new Penstemon Walk. It is located along the walkway between the Childrens Garden and the Medicinal Garden along both sides of the path.

Rocky Montain Penstemon
Rocky Mountain Penstemon Penstemon strictus

Husker Red Penstemon

Let the Blooms Begin!

If you're a fan of the Wisteria now is the prime time to see it. They are in full bloom. So don't waste any more time and come visit the garden.

Japanese Wisteria
Japanese Wisteria Wisteria floribunda

 

One of our native roses is beginning to flower and will continue for most of the summer. It's pink flowers will then turn to tasty rose hips that are very high in vitamin C.

Time for Lilacs

It's time! The lilacs are finally in full bloom and they smell wonderful! Come take a look at our numerous varieties. Most of them are located along the lower portion of the Floral Walk, but you can find other amazing varieties in the Fragrance Garden and Children's Garden.

Syringa julianae 'Hers Variety'
Joseph Hers Lilac  Syringa julianae 'Hers Variety'

Bursting with Blossoms!

Wow! Since last week the garden has really exploded with blossoms. From short groundcovers to massive trees, many plants have chosen now to begin flowering. You can't go anywhere in the garden without seeing a great amount of color everywhere you look.

Bugle Weed
Bugleweed  Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

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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

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