Waterwise and Xeric Gardening

Red Butte Garden offers many classes on waterwise and native landscaping. The classes range from two-hour lectures to extensive three-week classes. Classes provide valuable information about design, plant selection, maintenance, as well as garden walks so you can see first hand what these plants look like in a garden setting. We also offer residential garden tours focusing on waterwise and native landscapes.

There are many great resources available to learn more about waterwise gardening. Some of our favorites are:

Busco, Janice and Morin, Nancy. Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens. Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.

Keane, Terry. Water-Wise Landscaping. Utah State University Extension, 1995.

Knopf, Jim. Waterwise Landscaping with Trees, Shrubs & Vines . Chamisa Books, 1999.

Springer, Lauren. The Undaunted Garden. Fulcrum Publishing, 1994

Mielke, Judy. Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes. Universtiy of Texas Press, 1993.

Mee,Wendy; Barnes, Jared; Kjelgren, Roger; Sutton, Richard; Cerney, Teresa; Johnson, Craig. Waterwise - Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes. Utah State University Press, 2003.

Phillips, Judith. Plants for Natural Gardens. Museum On New Mexico Press, 1995.


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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