Conservation at Red Butte Garden

No matter where I go, one item is always on the travel itinerary: gardens.  Museums and hiking may find their way on my list of things to see, but gardens are always on the top of the list.  However, I’ve come to find that my affinity for gardens is more than my desire to get to the outdoors.  Gardens are more than being with nature and pretty flowers, they’re also about promoting conservation through knowledge and inspiration.  Luckily for me, a recent visit to the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah with my friend Trisha provides me with all of these things.  Having recently toured the gardens, Trisha provides me with a few interesting tidbits from her tour.

Hanging Basket Flower

  • Red Butte Garden contains plants that grow and blossom at different times during the year. This ensures that visitors can come at various times and seasons to experience a different arrangement and see what’s in bloom.  Currently, a few roses are in bloom, but many have dwindled from the heat.  Instead, what thrives during my visit are the lavender, herbs and other desert florals in the hot summer sun.Rose Garden Red Butte Garden
  • The rose gardens at Red Butte are structured differently than most, including Portland’s International Rose Test Garden. Rather than plant a large grouping of roses throughout the walkways, this garden places roses among other plants that accentuate the various breeds so they aren’t lost among one another.  Although I’ve loved many rose gardens, including the few blooms I experienced at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, I admire the thought behind this plan to admire each blossom for its own characteristics and charm.Herb Garden Red Butte Garden
  • Like many gardens, Red Butte promotes conservation and sustainability by inspiring others to plant their own gardens. By providing visitors with species that will survive and do well in the Utah weather (whether they are native or not), Red Butte Garden aims to show people what is possible in their own backyard when they can’t come visit.  Walking among the various herbs and bushes, I can’t help but think of my front yard where my mom thoroughly researched and determined which plants would be best to plant and thrive in the southwestern Utah desert.  Knowing what will work best in your climate is essential to starting and enjoying your own garden.

While there are many things that are satisfying about my personalized tour of the Red Butte Garden, the best part was seeing how this company takes on preservation of the natural world.  Their next endeavor, the Water Conservation Garden is a display that will show how exotic and native plants with different soil and water requirements can co-exist in a garden.  With intricate plant selections, irrigation techniques and design, Red Butte Garden hopes to not only create a beautiful landscape, but also teach people how to make their own scenic garden that uses water wisely.  From this new project and my afternoon visit, I find that natural beauty is always a sight to see, but understanding the story behind it is even more rewarding.

Hours and Location

Red Butte Garden: 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, Open January 2-March 31: 9am-5pm, April 1-30: 9am-7:30pm, May 1-August 31: 9am-9pm, September 1-30: 9am-7:30pm (When outdoor concerts are scheduled May 1-September 30 only open 9am-5pm), and October 1-December 23: 9am-5pm.

This post is a part of Photo Friday hosted by Pierced Wonderings and Travel Photo Thursday hosted by Budget Travelers Sandbox, Budget Travel Talk, Tanama Tales and Rachel’s Ruminations.

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  1. Trisha Ison

    Thanks for the shout out! It was great spending the day at the garden with you.

  2. Pinay Flying High

    I also love visiting gardens plainly because I live in a place where it’s non-existent or if there is, it’s totally man-made (Middle East lol). Love how this one promotes conservation and sustainability. 🙂

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I always love visiting gardens, even if they are man-made. It’s good to know there are ways to stay close to nature even if you live in a city. I admire you for appreciating sustainability too!

  3. Kim

    I’m always happy to read about others who love visiting gardens when traveling because it’s also one of my favorite things to see (along with parks). I tend to get much more out of gardens than museums and so usually the latter gets bumped if I’m short on time.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I’m glad to meet another person who loves gardens too! The more I learn about them, the more I admire them for promoting conservation.

  4. Ruth

    I like gardens too! Thanks for sharing about this one in Salt Lake City. I keep learning about more and more places in Utah’s capital.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your enthusiasm for gardens! I’m excited to find more gardens like this throughout Utah.

  5. budgettraveltalk

    I agree that gardens are a great thing to have in your travel arsenal. They’re usually free and I always leave feeling on a high. Lovely photos1

  6. Ruth Daly

    Lovely photos! This looks like such a peaceful place to visit.

  7. Cat Cort

    Hi there! I’m so happy that you enjoyed your visit to Red Butte Garden. Did you know that we also have a Plant Conservation Department that works “behind the scenes” on various projects related to rare and endangered plant species in Utah? We even have a one-of-a-kind native seed bank at the garden where we save seeds from imperiled species. Many of these plants are highly specialized and therefore difficult to have on display, but we hope to add more to the living collections throughout the garden so that visitors like you can enjoy the beauty of these unique species. You can learn more about our research mission and current conservation projects here:

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks for the great information Catherine! I always appreciate having insider information and learning more about a place that has had an impact on me. Thank you for the additional conservation information on Red Butte Garden.

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