Curator's blog

Welcome to Summer

Well folks, I think we might be finally done with the snow and cold. Scott has beautifully planted the bed at the Visitor Center entrance with desert plants from around the world.

Entrance Bed 1

Entrance Bed 2

The Natural Area Awakes

The snow has melted off most of the natural area and the first spring flowers have started blooming.  Before you head up there to take a look, take a stroll through the Rose Garden and see the amazing display of dwarf Iris.
Iris 1

Early Spring Color

In between snow storms it seems like something else decides to wake up from its winter rest and show it's spring color.

Iris reticulata
Reticulated Iris  Iris reticulata

Pussywillow
Pussy Willow  Salix caprea

The First Daffodil Opened!!!

Ok folks the first daffodil out of approximately 150,000 daffodils officially opened today at Red Butte Garden! How exciting is that?

Daffodil
Daffodil  Narcissus sp.

Along with our 150,000 daffodils throughout the garden, we also have approximately 50,000 other spring blooming flowers.  Come visit often to make sure you don't miss a single one.

Winter Jasmine

Today the Winter Jasmine in the Medicinal Garden has officially started to flower.  Below is the first open flower of the season. There will be many more to follow.

Winter Jasmine
Winter Jasmine  Jasminum nudiflorum

 

When you're looking at our new Cyclamen on the  Floral Walk,  don't overlook the Snowdrops.

Early Spring

If you've visited Red Butte this month you have probably noticed that spring is trying to push winter away......

We have a new addition to our early spring bloomers this year at Red Butte. Located under the Russian Olive trees in the Mediterrainean area of the Floral Walk there are Hardy Cyclamens blooming their little hearts out.

SIKE
Hardy Cyclamen  Cyclamen coum

Beautiful Indoor Arrangements

Just because it's winter doesn't mean there isn't plenty of color for you to come see at the gardens.

We begin our tour with some outstanding specimens in the Visitor Center. At the top of the stairs your eyes should immediately be drawn to our tallest plant, our Screw Pine.


Common Screw Pine   Pandanus utilis

It's About Time

It's about time I posted something on our What's Blooming Blog. Thanks to a lot of prodding by our Greenhouse Assistant and for the excellent photos.

On your next visit to the garden....which should be VERY SOON....stop by the Orangerie and see the beautiful Amaryllis display arranged by Scott Mower.

Amaryllis 1
Amaryllis

 Amaryllis 2
Amaryllis 2

Red Butte Photo of the Day 1.October.2009

Giant Club Cactus (Cereus repandus)
Club Cactus

Club Cactus

 

VERY EXCITING NEWS!!! Our Giant Club Cactus is blooming in the Visitor Center.  The flower will be open today, and today only.

Come see it before it closes. You'll be impressed with how large and beautiful it is.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 29.September.2009

Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)
Pinyon

Pinus edulis is one of 20 species of pine tree that delicious pine nuts are harvested from. The seeds are very important to wildlife and are eaten by many insects, mammals and birds.

In its native plant community, it grows very slowly, and trees witha trunk diameter of 6 to 8 inches can be well over 100 years old.

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HOURS
Jan 2-Mar 31: 9 am-5 pm
April 1-30: 9 am-7:30pm
May 1-Aug 31: 9 am-9 pm*
Sept 1-30: 9 am-7:30 pm*
Oct 1-Dec 23: 9 am-5 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Dec 24-Jan 1

*Days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, hours are 9 am-5 pm.

Only Service Animals are allowed in the Garden

GENERAL ADMISSION

Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $10
Seniors (ages 65+): $8
Military w/ID: $8
Children (ages 3-17): $6
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $8
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February

CONTACT
(801)585-0556

LOCATION
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
How to Get Here

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