Curator's blog

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

The Splendor of Summer

Come enjoy the full splendor of summer as a profusion of blooms carpet every corner of the Garden! As the temperatures are forecasted to dip to a lovely 84 degrees Friday this is a great time to explore the new blooms and enjoy a break in the heat.

Mexican Wine Cups    Callirhoe involucrata

These papery blooms dazzle with iridescent magenta petals in the Children's Garden.

Red, White and Bloom!

Happy Fourth of July!

After your morning parades and Fourth of July breakfasts, come up to Red Butte Garden with your picnic lunch and escape the busyness of the city to explore the gardens and see the beautiful plant displays. There are gorgeous flowers blooming in every corner of the Garden.

Beautiful New Blooms

The Garden is absolutely bursting with life right now! There are new flushes of blooms in nearly every corner of the garden, along with some new additions blooming in the Garden for the first time!

Bigflower Self-heal    Prunella grandiflora 'Pink Loveliness'

is creating a lovely carpet of pink blooms in the Terrance Gardens.

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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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