Curator's blog

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.

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.

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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


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Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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