Friday, January 20, 2012

The Red Butte Garden

 We are almost three weeks into the new year of 2012, and I am already dreaming of gardens. Mind you, I do live in Las Vegas where I see some green. It is not quite the same though as seeing a well planned out garden. An herb garden! The one I have been dreaming about is buried under snow right now. It is non-other than The Red Butte Garden at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

 Sitting high on the hills of the Wasatch (or "the bench" if you live in Salt Lake City) this tucked away garden is home to thousands of varieties of Utah native plants. They have an herb garden, a fragrance garden, a medicinal garden, and a children's garden. There are hiking trails, a tranquil pond, and many pathways to explore. In the Spring, The Butte Garden has their bulb competition and their annual plant sale. You are sure to find a rare "something" for your garden. The Summer yields up great summer camps for the kiddos! Trained professionals guide the children through the world of nature with painting, science, and cooking camps. My kids LOVE them!

All year round the garden has classes for adults; composting, wreath making, xero-scape gardening, photography, bird watching, etc. Once I was walking in the garden, and I came across an early morning yoga class at one end of the garden, and a tai chi class at the other end. It was truly magical! They provide facilities to have dinners, children's birthday parties, and beautiful weddings, and have a very profitable concert series with big name artists who play at an outdoor amphitheater. No matter what level of interest one has in gardens or in nature, there is sure to be something inspiring in every bend in the paths of the Red Butte Garden.

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