Curator's blog

Which Echinops is it?

This year, the most common question I have received is how to tell apart our globe thistles. Hopefully this blooming blog post will clear things up and make you an expert the next time you visit.

In case you do not know what I'm talking about, I'll fill you in.  Near our Rainbird sculpture on the the Floral Walk and entrance to the Fragrance Garden are 3 different colors of Echinops; two on the east side and one on the west side of the path.

Lavender!

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If you are a fan of hardy lavender, now is the time to visit! The gardens are filled with the enticing aroma. The best places to see lavender at Red Butte are in the Fragrance Garden and the Four Seasons Garden.
Hidcote
Hidcote Lavender  Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

Pioneer Day Blooming

The garden is still alive with blossoms. There isn't anywhere in the garden you won't find beautiful, interesting and fragrant blossoms.

Bear's Breeches
Bear's Breeches  Acanthus spinosus
You can see Bear's Breeches growing in the Rose Garden on the pathway around the wedding lawn.

Cacti in Bloom

For those who get excited about cacti like I do, you'll be happy to know that Red Butte's cacti are in bloom!!!

To see them in all their glory, visit the Sprout House roof and flower bed across the path.

Echinocereus fendleri
Fendlers Cactus  Echinocereus fendleri

Wisteria

That's right! The Wisteria is blooming!

Wisteria 

Giant Club Cactus

Hey! Be sure to catch our Giant Club Cactus blooming in the Visitor Center.

Club Cactus 

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.

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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.

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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