A fun and local destination to visit that is even located on the University of Utah’s campus is Red Butte Gardens. I recently went for an afternoon visit to the garden. Strolling around the plants and flowers beginning to bloom in the spring afternoon sun was wonderful. Almost all the plants were labeled with their proper name and spices of origin. Different plants were planted for different season during the year and around every curve of the trail there was something different blooming. The garden had miles of trails encompassing the area. There were paved trails nearest the main building but there were also more rustic dirt trails leading to the natural area of the garden. The natural area of the garden is planted with native species of the state.
The garden is also diverse from not just dealing with plants, as you enter into the building there is a large room with different art pieces on display. These pieces are for sale by a local artist and I was told that these artist and pieces regularly change. While walking in the garden, that are different sculptures that that garden has on display. These add a totally unique aspect to the beauty of the garden with the unique and beautiful art pieces. The garden also even has some art classes for all ages that one can take.
While I was there, I also learned about the many different summer programs and events that take place there during the summer. They have a summer concert series that some pretty prominent musicians and bands preform at. Some examples of performers that have come to the garden are Sheryl Crow and Willy Nelson. They also host many different parties and events such as wedding, children’s birthday parties, and formal events such as private parties. The garden also puts on educational classes for people of all ages. There were gardening workshops, wreath building workshops, and even teachers and student workshops for local schools to attend for a field trip. There were many different educational events taking place there. They ranged from not only classes but also include horticulture lectures to hiking outings with an employee into the natural area.
Red butte Garden is a local treasure that offers something for everyone to come and enjoy. From hikers to art lovers to plant enthusiast, everyone can come to find something here to enjoy. With summer concerts, hiking trails, classes, and always different blooming plants, there is always something to do or see while visiting.