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An extension of the University of Utah, Red Butte Garden is a wealth of information for gardeners and flower lovers. Open year-round, the scenery is always changing; from cactus flowers and grasses, to brightly colored annuals and perenials, to the changing colors of fall, to snowscapes. red butte gardens

Location:
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City
Utah 84108

Phone: 801-581-4747

Red Butte Gardens Website: www.redbuttegarden.org

Regular, year-round events include guided walks and classes on topics such as Tree Rings, Wildfires of the West, and Attracting Butterflies to name a few.

Exhibits in the Visitor's Center change with the season and are all fun and educational. Some of the information readily available are articles about gardening in Utah, what's currently blooming around the state, avalanche awareness, wildlife presentations. Just about everything having to do with the flora and fauna of our state can be discovered at the Red Butte Garden exhibits and presentations.

flowerbed The grounds are adorned with flowers and grasses of the current season and clever sculptures. On my visit in late August, there was a Flower Bed (literally a bed filled with brightly colored flowers), a beekeeper tending his bees, and the beginnings of a couple of snake mazes for kids to walk through.

There is a Children's Garden devoted to entertaining and educating children in a natural environment. There are fun things like a rattlesnake maze (a wire mesh form shaped like a giant winding snake and covered with vines) and the Sprout House where indoor classes are held. The summer outdoor concert series goes from June through September, and a multi-show pass can be had in various combinations. See several shows and save a lot of dough.

pond There is a small fee to get in, or you can become a member. 2003 prices are $5 for a 1-time visit, or memberships starting at $25 for an individual, or $30 for a couple. U of U students get in free. The membership also entitles the bearer to free admissions to participating gardens across the country. Check their website for current information.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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