Red Butte Garden is a special place within our community. With peaceful floral walks and incredible mountain vistas, the Garden is a beautiful setting for honoring people in our lives.
Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or a lifetime of achievement! Red Butte Garden's Memorial and Tribute Program is a heartfelt way to show your appreciation. There are three ways you may participate: Give a gift of general support, dedicate a tree, or place a plaque on a bench to honor a loved one.
All gifts made in memory or tribute of a loved one are acknowledged with cards of appreciation to the honored individual, their family, or designated contact. Donations of $100 or more will be listed in the Garden's Memorial Book. The Memorial Book lists by year all honorees and the donors who have chosen to remember their loved ones in this way.
The Garden lost an incredible contributor with the passing of Beverly Sudbury on May 31, 2013. Bev was one of the "Sweet Six" volunteers and we are so appreciative of all the time, effort, energy, and enthusiasm that she gave to the Garden over the past 25 years. Always keeping the Garden in mind, even at the end, she generously asked that donations be made to Red Butte Garden.
Listed below are current Memorial and Tribute opportunities available:
General Gift of Support
Tribute and memorial gifts to support Red Butte Garden may be given at any level. Donations directly support the continued maintenance of the Garden's plantings and education programs.
Gifts of general support may be given in person, over the phone at (801) 585-3813,
Bench and Tree Dedications
With all the gifts listed below, free admission to the Garden is provided to friends and family members attending the dedication ceremony. In addition, one complimentary one-year Garden membership is given to the children or other designee of the family or donor.
Tree Dedication $2,500
With a gift of $2,500, you can dedicate a tree in the name of a special person in your life. A development team member will help you select a tree and/or planting site. A plaque with information about the tree and “In Memory” or “In Tribute” of your loved one will be placed in front of the tree.
Trees will be dedicated for the natural life of the tree, if a tree dies within two years of planting, the tree will be replaced at no additional cost.
Wooden Garden Bench $7,500*
For a gift of $7,500 a wooden garden bench (typically teak) may be dedicated in honor of a loved one for a period of ten (10) years. Each bench includes a small plaque that may be engraved with words reflecting the tribute. You, other family members, or friends have the option of extending the dedication beyond ten (10) years at a cost of $500.00 per additional year.
Stone Bench $15,000*
If you prefer we will place a stone bench in the Garden for a gift of $15,000. Stone benches are typically made of granite and include a small plaque that may be engraved with words reflecting the tribute. The duration of a stone bench memorial is twenty (20) years. You, other family members, or friends have the option of extending the dedication beyond 20 years at a cost of $500.00 per additional year.
Conversation Area $50,000*
The Garden's Master Plan includes several areas throughout the Garden that can be made into intimate "conversation" areas. By creating a design consistent with the Garden's master plan, our Landscape Architect and Design Committee will create a unique setting to honor your loved one. Each conversation area will be dedicated for a period of thirty (30) years. You, other family members, or friends have the option of extending the dedication beyond 30 years at a cost of $1,500 per additional year.
Sandstone Engraving in the Courtyard - $100,000
For lifetime unrestricted general operating support and endowment gifts that total $100,000 or more, you may be recognized on one of our sandstone floral tiles in our courtyard. The number of stones and types of flowers are limited
*If the donor chooses not to rededicate the bench or conversation area, the bench's plaque will be entered into the Garden's historical memorial plaque collection/display and the area will be available for another dedication. The Garden reserves the right to move or relocate benches and reconfigure or relocate conversation garden areas in the future if and when gardens are renovated or redesigned.
To dedicate a tree or bench at Red Butte Garden or for more information about the Memorial and Tribute program please contact Wendy Loyning at (801) 585-3813 or WENDY.LOYNING@REDBUTTE.UTAH.EDU.