Curator's blog

Fabulous Fall Flora

A flush of fall colors have blanketed the flora throughout Red Butte Garden and the result is fabulous! Flowers are still blooming and birds are dancing through the air against a beautiful backdrop of deep reds, oranges and yellow. Come enjoy the swan song of summer before it's too late!

The Four Seasons Garden welcomes you with a mosaic of fall colors and textures as you emerge from the Visitor Center.

Utah Natives for Your Garden

Whether you're looking for additions to a water-wise, low maintenance or standard garden, there is a Utah native plant that is right for you. Native plants are currently blooming or dazzling us with fall color both in the Natural Area and throughout the Garden.

Rubber Rabbitbush    Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Astounding Asters

As temperatures begin their decline into autumn, many types of flowers begin to wane. Flowers in the aster family are an exception to this, as they are just getting ready to peak.

September Ruby Aster    Aster novae-angliae 'Setpemberrubin'
The maroon to magenta flowers of this Aster tower above many others.

Fall in Love with Our Grasses

As fall creeps into the garden, our grasses are really beginning to shine. Come in soon for a great preview of our grass's fall splendor with decorative flower and seed heads and resplendent displays of color.

The Four Seasons Garden welcomes you with a wonderful presentation of different grasses that are ideal for adding depth, height and year-round interest.

Magnificent Malvaceae

Late summer belongs to the Mallow family. They grow from the tropics to the desert and there's a good chance you have a member of this plant family in your yard whether you know it or not.

Redvein Indian Mallow    Abutilon striatum

The golf-ball-sized, pendulous flowers of this tropical plant attract bumblebees and decorate the branches throughout the summer and early fall.

Late Summer Blooms

As the heat of summer continues, so does the beauty and variety of the Garden. Now is a great time to explore some of the late summer blooms and fruits we have on display throughout the Garden. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your own garden or a pleasant escape, take time for a visit to Red Butte Garden today.

Sacred Datura    Datura wrightii

Orange You Ready for a Trip to Red Butte Garden?

Monochromatic gardens, or sections of a garden, can be a fun way to add a stunning punch to your landscape. A stroll though Red Butte Garden could be a great source of inspiration for your monochromatic garden. Whatever color you're interested in showcasing, we have a range of choices to explore.

Double Tiger Lily    Lilium lancifolium 'Flore Pleno'

The Sirens Song of Shade

As the temperatures soar, the shady areas throughout our garden beckon with cool breezes and beautiful blooms. Shady areas in a garden can often be difficult to landscape, but here at Red Butte we have wonderful shade loving plants that can inspire you to create an oasis in your yard.

Touch-me-not    Impatiens balfourii

Garden Grasses

Grasses are an often overlooked, but incredibly versatile and useful addition to nearly any type of garden. The Ornamental Grass Collection here at Red Butte Garden, with over 40 different cultivars and species, can be a great source of inspiration for adding grasses to your garden.

Blue Grama Grass    Bouteloua gracilis

Oh, Woe is We(eds)!

As in every garden, we here at Red Butte are constantly fighting the war of the plants we want and the plants we don't want (weeds). This week we are spotlighting a few of the weeds we often pull, along with a few fun factoids that will hopefully add a little trivia-type joy to the woe of weed pulling in your garden.

Bittersweet Nightshade    Solanum dulcamara

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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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