Curator's blog

The Early Spring Continues!

As the lovely spring-like weather continues, so does the procession of blooms throughout the Garden. The birds and bees are abuzz with excitement and adding to the lively atmosphere you can find at Red Butte Garden today.

Green Heron Lenten Rose    Helleborus x nigercors 'Green Heron'

Has Spring Sprung?

The weather outside is far from frightful, and the emerging blooms are definitely delightful, so I think we can say it's so, it's time for our plants to grow! From the Rose Garden to the Natural Area, the signs of spring are starting to show. The sun is shining and the weather is perfect for a garden stroll.

Dwarf Iris    Iris histrioides 'George'

First Daffodil!

It's official! The first daffodil is blooming at Red Butte Garden, soon to be followed by many others. You can find it on the north side of the Four Seasons Garden.

Rijnveld's Early Sensation Daffodil    Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'

Of the 145+ cultivars of Daffodils planted at Red Butte, this cultivar is usually the first one to bloom.

Barks, Buds and Berries of Winter

The cold winds of winter have pulled back the dense, deciduous curtains of summer and revealed an abundance of beautiful buds, barks and berries. The bright white canvas of sculpturally blown snow offsets these features in a special way that is definitely worth braving the brisk winter air for a stroll!

Variegated Tatarian Dogwood    Cornus alba 'Gouchaultii'

Walking in a Nearly Winter Wonderland

Winter has one foot in the door and is going to be settled in soon! This is a great time to peruse the late fall performers and the evergreens that will soon take center stage.

Pink Diamond Hydrangea    Hydrangea paniculata 'Interhydia'

White summer blooms mature to a rich pink-purple that compliments the ruddy hues of fall.

A Pink Promenade

When thinking of the hues that define fall in a garden, one doesn't always think of pink. This lively shade can create a wonderful contrast to the typical end of season palette. Pops of pink can be introduced to garden through fruits, flowers and even foliage.

Common Spindle Tree       Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

Fantastic Fall Foliage 2014!

There's no doubt that Red Butte Garden is one of the best places in Salt Lake City to see fall color and there's no better time than right now. You can begin with a relaxing stroll through the full palette colors of our formal gardens provide, then continue with a hike in the Natural Area to see the colors that Mother Nature has grown.

Fall's Fabulous Floral, Fruit and Foliage Finery

Fall weather brings about a fabulous display throughout the Garden. Many of our plants are creating a show not only with their flowers, but with their fruits and leaves as well. Be sure to take heed of the cool autumn air as it beckons you to the Garden!

Black-Eyed Susan       Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldstrum'

Fall in Love with Our Grasses

It appears as though Fall is upon us. The leaves have started to change, our gardens are ready to harvest and there is a touch of cool in the air. As the season progresses, our grasses really begin to show off.

Dwarf Zebra Maiden Grass    Miscanthus sinensis 'Hinjo'

This yellow-banded grass is suitable for containers and small gardens.

The Wonderful Water Pavilion

The Water Pavilion Garden is awash in late summer interest, from aquatics to water-wise plants. This garden is a great place to relax and enjoy spectacular views along with feathered and finned friends who would love to see you (and your donation of treats from the dispenser on the deck).

Gateway Spotted Joe Pye Weed    Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'

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