Curator's blog

Scent-sational Display

As you walk through the Garden, you can't help but take in the delicious fragrance that abounds around every corner. The Floral Walk and Rose Garden have many shrubs and trees that are still in full bloom with intense aromas.

Eastern Bluestar    Amsonia tabernaemontana

Summer Previews

As summer rounds the corner spring blooms are still delighting and summer plantings are soon to be here to tempt you. The Red Butte Garden Annual Spring Plant Sale is May 9 & 10, and a wonderful chance to treat the mothers in your life to a stroll through all the beauty on display at the Garden. Come enjoy the wonderful weather and get a head start on your garden!

Flowers Galore!

There are so many plants blooming in the Garden that it is hard to choose which ones to highlight in this week's blog.

Starting near the Visitor Center and Orangerie we have our first show stopper.

Koreanspice Viburnum   Viburnum carlesii

The flowers are admired for their robust springtime fragrance.

A Palette of Colors

As spring rolls on, one color starts to fade and another one quickly takes its place. Our early, and mid season daffodils are slowly descending from their peak bloom and the late season daffodils are in full swing. Be sure not to miss the miniature varieties on the upper Floral Walk and the new additions around the Rose House.

Bittern Daffodil   Narcissus 'Bittern'

Daffodils 2014

We are nearing the peak bloom for our impressive Garden-wide daffodil display. If you don't want to miss it, come visit the Garden during the next two weeks.

Marching into April

It definitely looks like spring is here. Early-flowering shrubs are blooming one by one, bulbs are popping up in every corner bringing much anticipated color, and the Natural Area is providing its own show of native flowers.

Pink Forsythia   Abeliophyllum distichum 'Roseum'

Look for this fragrant shrub on the Floral Walk just east of the rings.

Woodland Gems

When you come up to see our fantastic bulb display this week, be sure to keep an eye out for some woodland flowers that are also waking up. There are Winter Aconites, Hellebores, and Liverworts which can be found growing in the filtered shade of the defoliated trees and shrubs along the Floral Walk, and in the Medicinal and Water Pavilion Gardens.

Winter Aconite   Eranthis hyemalis

Rose Garden Irises

Color is popping up all over the Garden, from the earliest Daffodils in the Four Seasons Garden, the Snowdrops in the Medicinal Garden and Floral Walk, to the many cultivars and colors of Iris in the Rose Garden.

Right now for the next week or two is the best time to see the spring Irises before they fade and give way to the Daffodils.

George Reticulated Iris    Iris reticulata 'George'

First Flowers!

It's happening folks! The garden is waking up. We may not be out of the woods yet as far as cold weather goes, but some of the plants have decided to flower a few weeks earlier than normal.

Gray Alder    Alnus incana

This native water-loving tree produces catkins early in spring that are pollinated by the wind.

The Garden is Budding with Interest

As winter embraces us, a new season of interest is budding out all over the Garden. Winter buds not only delight with the promise of spring renewal, but also create a fun focal point. Come enjoy a scavenger hunt for these often diminutive, but always interesting, winter garden highlights.

Yulan Magnolia    Magnolia denudata

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