Curator's blog

It's beginning to look a lot like...Spring?

It's officially spring! Although the weather may not know it, the Garden sure does! Come be amazed by the number of plants blooming right now.

Wild Ginger    Asarum splendens

You really have to look hard in the Herb Garden to spot this flower, as you can see it has mastered the art of camouflage.

Signs of Spring

We are just a few days away from the first day of spring and the Garden is definitely showing signs of the change. Now is a good time to see Red Butte Garden wake up from its winter slumber.

Siberian Squill   Scilla siberica

In the Courtyard, this flower may be small but you can't miss it. It's vibrant blue color is sure to catch your eye.


Bark is the outer layer of trees and shrubs. It provides protection against the outdoor elements, insulates against extreme temperatures, prevents water loss, and wards off insects. Bark comes in many different colors and textures, of which can be seen here at Red Butte Garden. Come see for yourself.

Paperbark Maple    Acer griseum


Winter sets the stage for the conifers and their unique reproductive structures called cones. Conifers are classified as gymnosperms. The term gymnosperm translates to mean 'naked seed' because their seeds do not develop within an ovary. Instead, they are protected by a cone, and what attractive cones they are!

Weeping Eastern White Pine    Pinus strobus 'Pendula'

Buds of Winter

Winter is a time when trees and shrubs hunker down to save energy for spring. They prepare for spring by encasing their future leaves and flowers in tough, weatherproof scales known as buds.

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Limber Pine    Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

Winter Interest

Red Butte Garden is spiking with winter interest! Winter months provide plants and their usually overlooked parts a chance to shine. Just check out the dogwoods throughout the Garden with their radiant branches on display.

Variegated Tartarian Dogwood    Cornus alba 'Gouchaltii'

Officially Winter

Now that the Winter Solstice has occurred and there is snow on the ground, there is no question of whether winter is in session. If you think winter is a season of dead color, think again! Just take a look at the current vibrance of color that is even more stunning with the white background.

Winter Flame Dogwood    Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Flame'

Winter Wonderland!

Winter has finally graced us with its presence and what a present it is! Come see a different side of the garden, one that is covered in snow!

The snow has brought some magnificent scenes to be seen! This is the stream near the Rose Garden as viewed from the bridge.

Winter is Knocking.

The sound of falling leaves is said to be winter's footsteps. The leaves are definitely falling so that means winter is right at the door. Before someone lets winter in, come see natures last smile.

Yulan Magnolia    Magnolia denudata

Did you know magnolias produce their flower buds in the fall so that they are ready to burst open the first of spring?

Fall Color Galore

Just because snow is flying does not mean fall is over, at least not by the looks of the Garden. There are still lots of lively colors to be seen! So grab your coat and hurry to Red Butte. Mother nature's clock is ticking and it will be winter before you know it.

Korean Maple   Acer pseudosieboldianum

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