With over one hundred acres of display and natural gardens, including walking paths and natural areas with hiking trails, Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West. As part of the University of Utah this working garden tests, displays, and teaches regional horticulture. Red Butte Garden's botanical footprint includes a floral courtyard, a drought-tolerant garden, a children's garden and a four-season garden. Red Butte hosts a variety of festivals, exhibits, and an Outdoor Concert Series that are scheduled throughout the year.
Located at 300 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City, Utah, the garden is open from Monday through Sunday, 9am to 9pm. The park is available to host private parties, weddings and other celebrations.
Each year, over 18,000 school children participate in educational outreach programs. Examples of these programs are summer youth camps where students learn about Prehistoric Plants, Cooking in the Garden, and other topics. There are also onsite field trips for a two-hour hands-on class, and second grade students across the state have the opportunity to participate in Red Butte Gardens Grow lab program. In this program students plant and care for seeds in their classroom.
Kids aren't the only ones who benefit from this teaching garden. There are over fifty classes each year for adults and families. One online reviewer stated, "Most educational for my children. Last time we were there, we saw a wild tarantula walking along one of the paths. It was so COOL! All of the plants and animals now and then are neat to see. Also I get many ideas to design my perfect back yard.''
There are a multitude of choices for activities in this garden. You can listen to an outdoor concert, or enjoy a hike in the serene quiet of the natural area. An online reviewer states, "Picture a place akin to the Garden of Eden. Red Butte's one hundred and fifty acres of natural gardens, fountains and waterfalls make it the largest botanical and ecological center in the Intermountain West. Located in the University of Utah's historic district and nestled among mountainous terrain, it's the perfect place to sightsee, walk or hike.''
Another reviewer said, "I have had the most romantic time of my life up at the gardens. I have gone the last 2 years during October and the Garden after Dark is just innocent and it's beautiful, and just so much fun. I will always make it a point to go every year.''
Popular with visitors of all ages, Red Butte Garden offers advice and guidance for both novice and experienced gardeners. Offering classes, workshops and handy tips about gardening in Utah, you can visit the Garden to see what's blooming and get information on how you can grow the same plants in your garden.
Every year Red Butte Garden strives to improve their permanent facilities. From 2008's completed projects of permanent bathrooms and a new Amphitheater, to future projects including a Rose Garden that will serve as an additional wedding and special event venue, this garden strives to maintain a balance between creating spaces where visitors can enjoy Utah's living landscapes, while at the same time they are working to protect the rare vegetation of the Intermountain West.