Curator's blog

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'

Come Mallow Out with Our Hibiscus

The Mallow family brings the garden a wealth of beautiful summer bloomers that are just waiting to dazzle you as you take a relaxing stroll through the garden.

White Chiffon Rose of Sharon    Hibiscus syriacus 'Notwood Two'

Meadow Walk

Often overlooked and underused, our Wildflower Meadow has a lot to offer. With a meandering path now mowed through the center, you can get up close and personal with some neatly labeled water-wise grasses and perennials.

A sign welcomes you to enter the meadow to begin your experience.

Blooms That Have it Made in the Shade

Having a shady and beautiful garden to escape to can be an incredible respite for the mind and body. Shady spots throughout Red Butte Garden are sure to bring you wonderful inspiration for your own garden, or the escape you need.

Hardy Begonia    Begonia grandis ssp. grandis

Hot Blooms in the City

Summer is definitely here and the Garden is in full bloom! This is a great time to experience the Garden at full tilt, awash in beautiful blooms, buzzing pollinators and talkative birds. Shade can be found around every corner and now is great time to enjoy summer in the Garden,

Pink Mist Pincushion Flower    Scabiosa 'Pink Mist'

Red, White, and, Ka-Bloom!

Happy Fourth of July!

Come celebrate our country's independence and bring your family and friends to the Garden and explore the gardens and Natural Area. There is plenty blooming throughout.

Fire Chalice    Zauschneria latifolia

This native, water-wise plant not only blooms for many weeks, it attracts bees and hummingbirds.

Rare Orchid

Spiranthes diluvialis
By Rita Reisor, Conservation Director

Spirals of beautiful cream-colored flowers wind up the stalks of the rare Ute Ladies’ Tresses Orchid (Spiranthes diluvialis) in our Conservation greenhouse.

Spiranthes diluvialis blooming in our Conservation greenhouse.

Pollinators on Parade

In honor of National Pollinators Week and the wonderful buzzing buddies that keep flowering plants in business, this weeks blog will show off some of the pollinators and other insects we have in the Garden. Come tour the garden and enjoy the show as the air around many of our plants comes alive with butterflies, bee's and more!

Hunt's Bumble Bee on Ice Plant    Bombus huntii / Delosperma cooperi

Windows of Beauty

The Garden is in it's full glory, absolutely awash with blooms and beauty! Every week is bringing a chance to experience something new in the garden, some of which are only available for a limited time. Be sure to visit the Garden often to take advantage of every window of opportunity!

Dragon Arum    Dracunculus vulgaris

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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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