Curator's blog

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'

Eastern Redbud

Inconspicuous Flowers

Inconspicuous flowers are often easy to overlook and not much attention is given to them, so I thought I'd put them in the spotlight today.

Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany

Curl Leaf Mountain Mahogany      Cercocarpus ledifolius

This native shrub is an incredibly important forage plant for Mule Deer and Elk. You can find it in our Children's Garden, Herb Garden, Floral Walk, Medicinal Garden and Natural Area.

Shameless Plug

It's Finally Here!! After many hours of research and a few edits, its ready....and it's perfect!! Red Butte finally has its own Pocket Naturalist to accompany you through the garden.

Pocket Naturalist

It's conveniently sized to fit in your back pocket and packed with information about the various plants in the garden. There is even a map on the back so you don't get lost. They are available for purchase at the Visitor Center Gift Shop.

New Discovery!!!

On Monday April 28th Red Butte's Naturalist Faye Rutishauser, discovered a plant right here in our own natural area that hasn't been seen in the Salt Lake area since the late 1940's!!! Beckwith's Violet (Viola beckwithii).

Viola 1

Daffodils and Natives

The daffodils are as beautiful as ever! There are so many different types, sizes and colors it's hard to imagine without actually seeing them. My favorite is the kind with the orange throat.


Orange throat

It's Spring!!!

As soon as I set foot on the floral walk today I saw the most amazing display of daffodils!

Daffodils

Floral Walk Daffodils

Daffodils

More Floral Walk Daffodils

Daffodils

Four Seasons Garden Daffodils

Frozen Flowers

On Wednesday I was alerted to a great photo opportunity by our Fragrance Garden horticulturist Fritz.

Frozen Hyacinth

Frozen Hyacinth

Frozen Hyacinth

It's amazing what these plants can tolerate!

Natural Area Hike

Bill, the assistant curator and I went up into the Natural Area of Red Butte Garden last Friday for our first official hike of the year. It was a rather cool day as a storm was coming in, but the overcast sky allowed for some great photos. As we started up the trail we were welcomed by a friendly ground squirrel.

Ground Squirrel

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Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Dec 24-Jan 1

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

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Adults (ages 18-64): $10
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Military w/ID: $8
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Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February

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300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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