Curator's blog

Back to School Time!

Can you believe how fast the year has gone by? All the baby birds have left their nests, kids are going back to school and before you know it the leaves will be changing color. The time is right to make another trip to Red Butte while there are still flowers in bloom.

Pearly Everlasting    Anaphalis margaritacea

August is for Bloomers!

Summer is still in full swing here at the Garden and the flowers know it, displaying their brightest colors!

Bee Balm    Monarda Didyma

In the Herb Garden, this brilliant beauty is living up to its name with bees devouring its nectar and pollen.

Pioneer Day Plants 2015

Today is Pioneer Day in Utah and Red Butte Garden is a great stop to add to your list of places to celebrate. The weather has been mild and the flowers abundant and there is still plenty of time to come enjoy a ZAP free day at the Garden.

Desert Willow    Chilopsis linearis

This water-wise native tree can be seen in our Children's Garden and Parking Lot beds.

Blooming with Excitement!

Come celebrate Pioneer Day at the garden where summer is in full bloom!

Daylily    Hemerocallis 'Fire Tree'

Along the Floral Walk, this lily screams excitement with its deep red colored flowers.

Who Needs Fireworks When There Are Flowers!

What do fireworks and flowers have in common? Bright beautiful colors! Come see our dazzling show of coloration the way nature intended, and prepare to be mesmerized!

Red-Hot PopsicleTM Poker    Kniphofia 'Red Hot Popsicle'

Walking through the Rose Garden you won't be able to miss this firecracker of a flower from the Aloe family.

National Pollinator Week 2015!

Happy National Pollinator Week!

Most people know that bees are pollinators, but did you know that other animals pollinate our flowers as well? Take a look at these photos of different animals found at Red Butte Garden pollinating our flowers.

Moths and Butterflies

Unique and Overlooked

The Garden is bursting at the seams with flowers blooming everywhere you look, so it's pretty easy to overlook some unique plants.

Ladyslipper Orchid    Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens

Hidden in a sea of other awesome plants, this gorgeous orchid is growing in the shade of the crabapples near the Papa Moose sculpture.

It's Only Natural to Love Our Native Flowers!

The hills of the Natural Area are alive with sight of beautiful native blooms! From the Oak Tunnel to the peak of the Bennett Vista trail there are a profusion of flowers to delight your senses or inspire your own native garden.

Glacier Lily    Erythronium x 'Pagoda'

Spring Has Sprung Part IV: The Search for Bountiful Blooms

Spring is back and she is putting on a beautiful display throughout the Garden! While we couldn't hazard a guess at how long this particular spring will last, it is well worth a visit while it's here.

Blireana Plum    Prunus x blireana

This perfectly pink plum bursting with blooming buds invites you to explore the Herb Garden.

Surprise! Winter is Back!

Just as temperatures started feeling as if we could plant our vegetable gardens, a storm swept through the valley and blanketed our blossoms with a couple inches of snow.

Clouds keep our scenic backdrop hidden shortly after the snow stopped falling.

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Closed Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24-Jan 1

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

Only Service Animals are allowed in the garden


Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $12
Seniors (ages 65+): $10
Military w/ID: $10
Children (ages 3-17): $7
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $10
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February


300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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