Curator's blog

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

Iris You'd Come for a Visit

Our Irises are looking fantastic this year and they are at the peak of their bloom. Although, the majority can be found in the Rose and Water Pavilion gardens, you can find a few just about everywhere, so be sure to stroll through every corner of the Garden.

Beverly Sills Bearded Iris   Iris 'Beverly Sills'

Return of the Roses

As a wonderful warmth returns to our fair Garden, so does the blooming of our collection of ravishing roses. This week has seen the beginning of what is sure to be a spectacular season as buds abound and blooms open their eyes to the bright and beautiful sun.

Wingthorn Rose    Rosa sericea ssp. omeiensis f. pteracantha

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.

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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


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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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