By Bryn Ramjoué, communications director, Red Butte Garden
What is Red Butte Garden? Well, it’s in your campus backyard and offers free admission for University of Utah students, as well as four seasons of botanical beauty.
Red Butte Garden is part of the State Arboretum of Utah, which includes trees across The University of Utah campus as well. Located on 100 acres in the foothills above Research Park, the garden has welcomed guests since 1985. It is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West with 20 acres of display gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an 80 acre natural area. The garden, which is community-funded, is renowned for its numerous plant collections, display gardens, 450,000 springtime blooming daffodils and other bulbs, award-winning horticulture-based educational programs, summer camps for kids, private events, a world-class outdoor summer concert series, outdoor films and many family-friendly events.
A cultural gem, Red Butte Garden has a variety of summer performances called Monday Family Nights with song, dance, costumes and crafts from around the world, such as Scottish bagpipers, Irish dance, Bollywood dance and Brazilian Capoeira. The Sundance Institute presents its summer series of four or five free film screenings during the summer months. The Classical Greek Theatre Festival presents a different tragic play on a Saturday and Sunday morning every September. Bonsai and Orchid floral shows delight and educate every spring and again in the fall.
Red Butte Garden regularly showcases nature-themed art exhibits in the visitor center. There is a wide range of media from photography, oil on canvas, encaustic, quilted landscapes, watercolor, to glass and found objects. The goal is to present artwork inspired by nature. In addition to selling their original works of art, many artists provide prints and cards of their work as well. Written artwork in the form of seasonal, nature-inspired poetry, is placed in display stands throughout the garden.
If you are looking for a unique gift for yourself or a loved one, the Red Butte Garden Gift Shop offers a great selection of local products and a wide variety of botanical and garden inspired gifts including jewelry, books and home decor that you may not find anywhere else.
The garden’s mission is to connect people with plants and the beauty of living landscapes. When you visit Red Butte Garden and attend the educational and cultural events, you make lasting memories.
RED BUTTE GARDEN GENERAL INFORMATION
300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
redbuttegarden.org | 801-585-0556
General admission: Adults (ages 18-64): $12, Seniors (65+): $10, Military ID: $10
Children (ages 3-17): $7, Children under age three: Free, U faculty/staff: $10,
U Students: Free, Garden members: Free
- April 1-30, 2016: Open daily 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
- May 1-August 31, 2016: Open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- September 1-30, 2016: Open daily 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
- Winter hours: October 1 – March 31, 2016: Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Enjoy half-price admission in December, January and February
Red Butte Garden is Utah’s botanical garden and arboretum. Our mission is to connect people with plants and the beauty of living landscapes. Through our mission we strive to create a community that understands, values, protects and is enriched by the world of plants.