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Summer 2013 Issue JUN • JUL • AUG Rose House is Open Yoga in the Garden Cultural Events WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG


Herb Garden Sprout House

Visitor Center

Children’s Garden

Bryn Ramjoué, Kate Randall Contributing Writers Gregory Lee, Neal Dombrowski, Rita Reisor, Meghan Eames, Scott Mower Editors

Contributing Photographers

Pierce McConnell, Jason Baker

Graphic Designer Pierce

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Red Butte Garden, a part of the University of Utah, is a nonprofit organization located in Salt Lake City, Utah. With 100 acres, including display gardens, walking paths, and natural areas with hiking trails, Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West that tests, displays, and interprets regional horticulture. 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84108 · 801.585.0556 Copyright © 2013 Red Butte Garden. All rights reserved.

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In the history of every successful non-profit organization there are some people who can be identified as having made seminal contributions to its success. Cleone Emily Peterson Eccles (1935-2013) was just such a person for Red Butte Garden. Over the years I have found that public gardens are unusual places. They seem to be magnets that attract good people, whether they are volunteers, donors, staff or members. People are sometimes surprised when they hear me say that the greatest pleasure of my position is the opportunity it affords me to meet these good people, and none were more gracious than Cleone Eccles. I recently heard her described as an “angel among us.” While I thought of her as a gentle, kind, and caring person, “angel among us” is true to the mark. Cleone played an important role in building the Garden’s Visitor Center, Children’s Garden, Terrace Gardens, Amphitheater, and Rose Garden. Without her support for and commitment to these projects and to Red Butte Garden, it would be a poor reflection of the Garden it is today. She was a member of the Garden’s Board of Advisors as early as 1990, with her last term as a regular member ending in 2005, followed by a formal appointment as an emeritus board member, the latter an honor given only to those who have made substantial leadership and other contributions to the Garden. Red Butte Garden wasn’t the only University of Utah organization to benefit from her attention. She served for two decades on the University of Utah Board of Trustees, the Alumni Association Board as Vice President, KUED’s Board of Advisors, and on the Board of the College of Nursing. The broader community benefitted from her leadership and service on the boards of Neighborhood House, Ballet West, the Utah Symphony Guild, and the Junior League of Salt Lake. She received the Junior League’s Legacy of Excellence Award, a Distinguished Alumna Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Utah and together with her husband of 55 years, Spencer Fox Eccles, Utah’s 2010 Philanthropic Leadership Award and Catholic Community Services’ 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award. An angel among us, indeed. Cleone, thank you.

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A (GROWING) SEASON OF FLOWERS SUMMER WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

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ART EXHIBITS & FREE SUNDANCE FILMS

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FREE LECTURES

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FAIRY GARDENING 13

MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP: ACTIVITIES FREE WITH GARDEN MEMBERSHIP/ADMISSION

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CONSERVATION PLANT HIGHLIGHT: KODACHROME BLADDERPOD

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MONDAY FAMILY NIGHTS, SUMMER CAMPS & CAMPOUTS

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DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION

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GARDEN ADVENTURES

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2013 SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR

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Season of Flowers By Neal Dombrowski, Botanist

When selecting plants for our gardens; water use, soil conditions and temperature ranges are key criteria. We should also consider factors such as usefulness, foliage, flowers, life span, winter interest and habit. We know that water is a valued resource and we can do our part to minimize water use in our landscapes while still planting long-blooming, showy flowers. Flowers add color and excitement to a garden. Longblooming plants are best used as part of a landscape design to anchor fleeting annual varieties. They may have long-lasting individual blooms, or may bloom repeatedly throughout the growing season. A plant is considered long-blooming if it flowers dependably for at least a month. There are many plants that require low water and bloom beautifully for an entire season rather than only a month. Keep in mind that water-wise plants in cultivation (meaning available through commercial nurseries rather than found in natural habitat) may bloom later in the season (late spring to fall) because of their adaptation to native habitats and water availability. Consider adding these striking bloomers to landscapes with water-wise grasses and shrubs for additional structure and color. Snowdrop

A good choice for early blooms is the use of bulbs. Although their individual blooms may be short-lived, combining a variety of bulbs with different bloom times will collectively provide a long flowering season. Bulbs are great for the water-wise garden because they grow and bloom in spring when natural water is available and 4

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are then dormant during the dry summer. In addition to commonly planted tulips and daffodils, consider planting unusual bulbs. Snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii and nivalis) are one of the earliest spring bloomers and can be found at Red Butte Garden in the Mediterranean area of the Floral Walk. Bees love visiting their lovely nodding white and green bell-shaped flowers. After the snowdrops appear, Erythronium “Pagoda,” a variety of the native Glacier Lily, comes on to the scene, displaying sulfuryellow colored flowers with swept-back petals above splotched dark green leaves. These exquisite flowers can be viewed in our Oak Tunnel. A companion plant for both these bulbs is Anemone blanda “White Splendour,” a great bulb for dry shade. Beginning in mid-spring, Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) displays blue flowers atop its pine needle-like foliage. Its uniform vase shape works well arranged in clusters. This native plant continues blooming into summer and will reseed, providing a future return on your investment! Blue Flax shows variation in time and length of bloom from year to year at the Garden. Narbonne Blue Flax (Linum narbonense) and “Appar” Perennial Flax (Linum perenne “Appar”) are new introductions of European natives that are bred for vigor and longer bloom time. Yellow Stork’s Bill (Erodium chrysanthum) blooms in late spring in a flourish, sustaining flowers through fall. The plant displays soft, creamy colored, lemon scented flowers, and fern-like, light green foliage. This member of the Geranium family performs best in well-drained soil along a border or in a rock garden or trough. It is native to the Mediterranean, and is creating new excitement from the Plant Select®* program. Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) is a reseeding perennial native to Utah, blooming in May and persisting into October, which requires additional water after the spring rainy season ends. The yellow to reddish-brown petals droop downward from the reddish brown central cone of disk flowers. The flowers make a great arrangement for your special someone! This plant is a beautiful addition to meadow plantings alongside native grasses (some of


our favorites are Side Oats Grama, Great Basin Wildrye, or “Blonde Ambition” Blue Grama). Delosperma “Fire Spinner’” is a unique variety of Ice Plant. The flower displays its orange and magenta, white-eyed flowers from late spring through summer, blooming again with the additional water and cooler temperatures of fall. This low-growing two-inch tall plant grows fast and may reach a width of two feet in just two years. It is a Plant Select® introduction from South Africa; it is salt and drought tolerant, deer resistant, and a good option for borders and rock gardens. Moving into summer, Sundancer Daisy (Hymenoxys acaulis) is a reseeding annual in Salt Lake County. Yes, an annual—but it never stops blooming, and you can collect viable seed to sow for the next year! The yellow, saucer blooms dance on long naked stalks from mid-summer through first snow. Cut blooms make a nice arrangement. Perennial alternatives emerging in the plant industry include Hymenoxys scaposa “Perky Sue” and “Prairie Sunshine.” This plant is not deer-resistant, deer may dig for the persistent green foliage under snow. A native to Arizona and New Mexico, Sunset Hyssop (Agastache rupestris) will attract hummingbirds for nearly three months. A member of the Mint family, it emits a strong scent of root beer or licorice upon touching or brushing past the foliage. A proven performer since its introduction into the Plant Select* program in 2005, it does well with little maintenance in hot, full sun and well-drained soil. Its unique coloration of orange trumpetshaped corolla encased in a purple calyx will be beautiful in masses alongside your other favorite water wise plants.

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a traditional choice, native to the eastern United States. This longblooming perennial tolerates our tough soils and is a top performer for a border, meadow, or native landscape in full sun or part shade. Purple Coneflower may bloom again without deadheading, but pruning greatly enhances the beauty of the plant. Look for cultivars with even longer bloom times or more intense color and shapes including “Pow Pow Wild Berry,” “Rubinstern,” and “Magnus.” This is another good cutting flower for indoor arrangements.

Mojave Sage (Salvia pachyphylla) is a water-wise shrub native to California. It blooms from mid-summer to fall. Its spatula shaped, sagebrush gray leaves are highly fragrant. Lightly prune the flower stalk in the fall in preparation for the spring while training the plant for more compact, dense growth. Seek the cultivar “Blue Flame” for enhanced flower color. For intense late summer color, plant Zauschneria latifolia or Z. garrettii, two species of Hummingbird Trumpet. As the name suggests, the plant is beloved by hummingbirds. Bright orange-red to scarlet flowers cover the low-growing mat of bright green foliage for several weeks starting mid-summer. Give this plant well-drained soil and a little additional water while in bloom. This plant likes it hot!

Hummingbird Trumpet

This is a small palette of the many long-blooming options available for your water-wise landscapes. Some additional plants worth considering are Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris), Cupid’s Dart (Catananche caerulea), Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), Lavender (Lavandula sp.), Yarrow (Achillea sp), and Pincushion Flower (Knautia macedonica). Remember, water-wise plants need additional water when first planted, but will acclimate to low water use once established. These plants are on display at Red Butte Garden, particularly in our water-wise plantings. Most are available for purchase at our Spring and Fall Plant Sales. For more information, visit redbuttegarden.org.

Plant Select® is at the vanguard of a bold, new plant palette that is revolutionizing the way we garden. These plants thrive in both our variable winters and our hot summers. Plant Select® is a cooperative program administered by Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University in concert with horticulturists and nurseries throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. The purpose of Plant Select® is to seek out, identify, and distribute the best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains. http://plantselect.org

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SUMMER WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

PLEIN-AIR LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP: WATERCOLOR (LLART 170)

MAY 23 - JUNE 27, THURSDAYS 5:30 - 8:30 PM Enjoy warm summer evenings as you create small-scale landscapes at Red Butte Garden. Students will view demonstrations and receive exercises in washes, blending, wet in wet, lifting, brushstrokes, glazing, and drybrush. Instruction in composition, positive and negative space, value studies, and color theory will round out the offering. Painting topics will include landscapes, still life, and water reflections. You are responsible for your materials; you may find a list online, or call (801)587-5433. Co-sponsored with Lifelong Learning, meet in the Visitor Center Courtyard. Limited to 10 participants. Richard Vroom, artist GARDEN MEMBERS: $170 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $189

WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY

(LLART 220) JUNE 1 - 8, SATURDAYS 9:00 AM - NOON Learn how to capture the beauty of Utah’s magnificent and diverse wildflowers in this photography class. Join us as we cover the compositional elements of photographing wildflowers in both portrait and landscape mode along with discussion of macro photography. Class will include classroom lecture, shooting time in the Natural Area of Red Butte Garden, and sharing photos for critique. Cosponsored with Lifelong Learning. GARDEN MEMBERS: $71 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $79

YOGA IN THE GARDEN

JUNE 11 - JULY 18, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 7:30 - 8:30 AM Join us for Yoga in the Garden this summer. Intended for all levels, from beginners to those who practice more regularly, this six-week experience is aimed at enhancing your quality of well being in a unique and thriving environment. Kristin Vance of Fluid Heart Yoga, leads a style of Yoga called Vinyasa, or movement with breathe. It is a creative practice of movement with a focus on connection, reconnecting with your authentic and creative self, as well as your awareness in movement and as a way of being. You are encouraged to come as you are, with no expectations of what you ought to know about yoga or being flexible. It is not a competition of flexibility, it is simply a practice of awareness in playful movement, where you will gain flexibility and leave feeling rejuvenated and light. Kristin Vance, Fluid Heart Yoga Early Bird Registration (4/1 - 5/31): GARDEN MEMBERS: $105 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $125 Late Registration (6/1 - 6/10): GARDEN MEMBERS: $125 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $145

GARDEN MAINTENANCE (LLHG 547) JUNE 11 - 25, TUESDAYS 7:00 - 9:00 PM Gardens grow, and that can be both a blessing and a curse. The fresh young blooms of spring fade, stalks bend and droop, groundcover runs amok, and spent flowers turn brown on their stems. What’s a gardener to do? With a little maintenance know-how, you can extend the bloom of some favorite perennials, get a second bloom from others, control invasive plantings, prop or strengthen weak stems, and overall neaten your summer and fall garden. Join us for two evenings in the garden as we get handson experience deadheading, pruning, thinning, dividing, and transplanting—to keep your garden looking grand all season long. Co-sponsored with Lifelong Learning. Crystal Reece, RBG Horticulturist GARDEN MEMBERS: $66 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $72

COOKING IN THE GARDEN: INDIAN CUISINE

THREE SEPARATE CLASSES: JUNE 13, JULY 11, AUGUST 8 THURSDAY 6:30 - 8:30 PM Join instructor Purnima Gandhi in the Herb Garden as she prepares a complete menu of delicious Indian cuisine while providing step-by-step procedures for each dish. This relaxed, interactive format encourages informative discussions to help you prepare the dishes with confidence at home. Menu will include: appetizer, meat dish, vegetarian dish, rice, sweet dish and Indian condiments. Participants will also receive a personal recipe packet to take home, as well as tastings of each of the dishes prepared. Meet in the Visitor Center Courtyard. GARDEN MEMBERS: $45 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $55

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GARDEN TREASURES: SALT LAKE TOUR (LLHG 545)

JUNE 15, SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM You’ve seen pictures of spectacular gardens in your favorite magazines, but now you can see them first hand. Treat your senses to an array of sights, smells, and sounds while visiting garden treasures in the Salt Lake area. We’ll leisurely wonder through five or more gardens discussing garden design, plant selection, water features, outdoor living spaces, container plants, and more. Take home some great ideas for your own garden and learn what makes a yard a garden. Special fee includes a box lunch and van transportation. Co-sponsored with Lifelong Learning. Mandy Self & Patrick Newman GARDEN MEMBERS: $65 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $70

VERTICAL GARDENING: LIVING WALLS (LLHG 571)

JUNE 20, THURSDAY 6:00 - 9:00 PM We all want exquisite gardens, but time-crunched lifestyles, shrinking spaces and a commitment to sustainable choices is changing our definition of what a garden can be. Take your garden to the next level by discovering its vertical spaces. Filled with inspiring photos and innovative approaches, this class will highlight a range of vertical gardening ideas from living walls, to upright vegetable gardens. Each participant will have the opportunity to plant a small wollypocket to take home and begin their vertical gardening adventure. Co-sponsored with Lifelong Learning. Michelle Cook, RBG Greenhouse Coordinator GARDEN MEMBERS: $63 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $67

PRESERVING FRESH HERBS

(LLHG 548) JULY 27, SATURDAY 9:00 - 11:00 AM You know how much flavor the fresh herbs you grow add to your summer meals. But did you know that through proper harvesting and preservation techniques, you can enjoy the essence of that flavor and fragrance all winter long? In this class you’ll learn the optimal time to harvest your herbs, techniques for preserving them for later use, and the basics of cooking with both fresh and dried herbs. A tour of Red Butte Garden’s herb garden and tasty snacks made with herbs will round out the experience. Cosponsored with Lifelong Learning. Cheyenne Herland GARDEN MEMBERS: $37 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $40

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP

AUGUST 8 - 10, THURSDAY, FRIDAY 6:00 - 9:00 PM SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Warning! Keeping a nature sketchbook/journal may lead to uncontrollable urges to spend more time out-of-doors and explore new and beautiful surroundings beyond your home or neighborhood. Join us for a weekend of nature sketching and journaling as instructor and illustrator Elaine Hultgren offers step-by-step instruction that will guide you from first stroke to finished sketch and everything in between. All skill levels welcome – beginner to advanced. Participants should bring lunch and beverage on Saturday. Elaine Hultgren, Botanical Illustrator GARDEN MEMBERS: $125 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $145

NATIVE SEED COLLECTING

AUGUST 24, SATURDAY 9:00 AM - NOON Join us for a Natural Area and Garden excursion to collect a variety of native seeds. You will learn when to harvest, how to handle seeds after collection and where and how to plant them for best germination results. We’ll provide a list of plants and envelopes for seed collection. Bring hand pruners. Rita Dodge, RBG Conservation Botanist Neal Dombrowski, RBG Horticulturist GARDEN MEMBERS: $18 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $22 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED To register for Red Butte Garden courses, call 801.581.8454 or visit www.redbuttegarden.org

LIVING PICTURE WORKSHOP

JULY 13 , SATURDAY 9:00 AM - NOON Spend a morning at Red Butte Garden creating a beautiful, living, succulent mosiac. These versatile mosiacs can grace your garden, become the dramatic centerpiece that sets the mood for a special dinner, or a holiday accent for a door or mantle. We’ll provide a 8”X8” box, moss, and succulent plants, as well as cover care and maintenance of your living picture. You’re sure to become the envy of the neighborhood with this statement of true living beauty. Briana Blamires, RBG Horticulturist GARDEN MEMBERS: $45 / GENERAL PUBLIC: $55

To register for University of Utah Lifelong Learning courses, call (801)587-LIFE (5433) or visit www.lifelong.utah.edu

Poetry in the Garden

Enjoy poems and prose as you stroll through the Garden this Summer. Displays are found throughout the Garden featuring the work of local poets as well as classic poetry.

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ART EXHIBITS Located in the Visitor Center, our gallery features local artists’ work that is rooted in nature. Free with regular Garden admission.

Free Outdoor Screenings at Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

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JENNIFER WORSLEY

April 26 - May 19

Wednesday, July 31 | 9:00 P.M. DIRECTED BY ASIF KAPADIA

2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection World Cinema Audience Award Documentary

Ride along with Aytron Senna, one of the greatest race car drivers who ever lived.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

YEVGENIY ZOLOTSEV May 24 - June 16

Wednesday, August 21 | 9:00 P.M. DIRECTED BY JONATHAN DAYTON AND VALERIE FARIS 2006 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection 2007 Academy Award Winner

Take a trip with the Hoovers, a dysfunctional family of six as they journey to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

JEANNE HANSEN June 21 - July 14

THE SUMMIT

Wednesday, August 28 | 9:00 P.M. DIRECTED BY NICK RYAN 2013 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection World Cinema Documentary Editing Award

In 2008, 18 of 24 climbers reached the K2 summit. Forty-eight hours later, 11 were dead. Climb through time and discover what truly happened on that day.

COMMUNITY CHOICE

SUZANNE BARTON July 19 - August 11

Sundance Institute wants #SundanceLocals to program the fourth film of our Summer Series, which will screen on Wednesday, September 4 at 9:00 P.M. Visit Sundance.org/Utah to vote.

MELISSA HUGHSTON

August 16 - September 8

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featuring a photo of Don and Bev Sudbury planting seeds, she thought, “This is it.” Whereas most of today’s volunteers step right into on-the-job training, Janice and her cohorts Beverly and Don Sudbury, Craig and Sue Pyper, and Mary Jo Reiter attended volunteer training for one full year before really getting out in the Garden. “I had to know the names of all the weeds before I was even allowed to pull them out of the ground,” recalls Janice. After a year of training, however, she entered the Garden feeling like she already knew it, and she spent the last 25 years getting to know it better and better.

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

By Meghan Eames, Volunteer Coordinator

It doesn’t take more than five minutes in the Red Butte Garden Greenhouse with volunteer Janice Tolhurst to understand that she loves what she does. “I love seeds,” she says, meticulously spacing and placing seeds, pausing to scribble notes in the greenhouse planting log, “I’ve always loved seeds.” She takes me on a spontaneous little tour as she completes her work, and it’s clear that the greenhouse feels a bit like home to Janice, which should come as no surprise, as Red Butte Garden has been her home away from home for the last 25 years. Of course, the greenhouse has changed since she started. Janice recalls the early days, “There were plants everywhere: all over the floor, hanging from the ceiling...Just everywhere.” The Garden as a whole has also dramatically changed, “There are more buildings. There are gardens that didn’t exist before, and some gardens that did exist are gone.” Being a volunteer has changed too. Janice always wanted to garden, and after spotting a newspaper article about the Garden

Janice plays an important role in the growth of the Garden. As Red Butte Garden’s volunteer dedicated to seed planting, Janice has sown the seeds of many of the plants that guests see in the Garden today or take home to put in their own gardens from the annual plant sales. She finds the entire process of the plants going from seed to garden fascinating and immensely fulfilling, and she is proud to play her role in it. “Putting seeds in the earth and getting them to grow–that’s so exciting for me. It just feels good.” That good feeling is only part of what has kept Janice at the Garden for 25 years. When I asked why she stays, she candidly said, “Because it’s good for my soul. I do it because I love it. Because I learn. Because I love the people I work with.” It also doesn’t hurt that she feels like “walking into the greenhouse is like walking into paradise.” Janice has certainly earned her share of that paradise. Michelle Cook, Janice’s supervisor, is constantly impressed with Janice. “Her dedication is phenomenal; she is always giving her best and wants each individual plant to thrive.” Michelle adds, “There is no way we could do what we do without her.” Though Janice can humbly appreciate the praise, she comments with a laugh, “I’m glad that you get something out of it, because I do it for me.” Interested in sharing or cultivating your passion with the Garden? Please contact Meghan Eames at volunteers@redbuttegarden.org, or 801.585.5688.

SPY HOP PRESENTS:

Hear the next generation of musical & radio artists from Spy Hop’s Loud & Clear Audio programs Thursday, JulyGARDEN 18 | Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre | 7:00 - 9:00 PM RED BUTTE

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Memorials

The Rose House is now complete! Thank you to all the generous donors who made this building possible! With its well-appointed dressing rooms, tall glass walls and ceiling curving upward to reveal spectacular mountain views, this breathtaking new facility will be the green room for all of the talented artists that perform in the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, as well as the stunning location of many private events. Our Programs Department will also utilize the space for student field trips, Kids Summer Camps, and Garden After Dark. If you were a donor for the Rose House at Red Butte Garden and would like a tour, please contact Kathryn Atwood at 801-585-5658.

February - April 2013

Gifts donated in tribute of: Barbara Woods Gifts donated in memory of: Michael Bradley Dr. Dan Good Thola Jensen Ogden Lowe Nasrine Madgidi John Rebol Hope Stevens For tribute & memorial information call Wendy Loyning at 801.585.3813

Again, thank you! We couldn’t have done it without you.

FREE HORTICULTURE SPOTLIGHT LECTURE SERIES We thank Utah State University Salt Lake County Extension for partnering with us. All lectures are from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Red Butte Garden Visitor Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required: www.extension.usu.edu/saltlake Creating a Native Pollinator Garden June 24, Monday

Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, hummingbirds, bats, and beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants. One in three mouthfuls of our food and drink require the presence of a pollinator. This presentation is a guide for restoring native pollinator communities that are beautiful and naturally diverse. Presenter: Katie Wagner, Horticulture Assistant Professor, USU Extension.

Waterwise Landscape Design for Homeowners July 29, Monday

The scarcity of water and Utah’s harsh climate presents special landscaping challenges. Learn how to create a functional landscape design for new or existing landscapes that is both lush and water-wise. This lecture is geared to those who want to manage their own landscape design. Presenter: Cynthia Bee works in Conservation Programs at Jordan Valley Conservation Garden Park helping homeowners create Utah-friendly landscapes.

Applied Botany: The Whys of Gardening’s Best Practices August 26, Monday

Understanding plant growth habits can take the guesswork out of common gardening dilemmas and demystify techniques for successful gardening. Join us to learn basic plant anatomy and physiology that will help arm you with the know-how to keep your garden healthy and productive. Presenter: Michelle Cook, Greenhouse Coordinator for Red Butte Garden.

Extending the Vegetable Growing Season September 30, Monday

How do you keep your tasty homegrown vegetables producing beyond the short summer months? This lecture will focus on scheduling, growing techniques, and structures that can be used to extend the season for growing vegetables in the home garden. Presenter: Britney Hunter, Horticulture Assistant Professor, USU Extension.

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by Scott Mower, Greenhouse Assistant

A trend in gardening is “fairy gardening.” The basic idea is gardening in miniature to create the perception that tiny fairies have taken up residence in your garden. It is a perfect opportunity to let your creativity run wild and your inner child out to have some fun. This trend also creates a great opportunity for the children in your life: be they friends, grandchildren, or your own children, to be a part of the gardening experience. It is often challenging for children to see the fruits of gardening while waiting for their seeds to sprout. Fairy gardening provides an instant reward. These whimsical gardens can be inhabited by toy figurines, pretend hobgoblins, elves or other characters that delight the imagination as much as fairies and sprites. As with many trends, you can purchase items or do it yourself. “Official” fairy houses and accessories are sold in gardening catalogs and stores, and even in our own Red Butte Garden Gift Shop where you will find ceramic fairy houses in the shapes of squash, tiny metal fences, benches and plenty of accessories to create a miniature wonderland. Another approach is to find items with fairy garden potential that are not labeled as such. Consider items found in a toy store, home décor, odds and ends found in nature or even in your junk drawer such as thread bobbins, corks, matchboxes, and small decorative stones, to create a magical space to welcome fairies. (Please be aware of the hazards associated with young children and potential swallowing of small objects.) Look at items with a child’s eye, or better yet, work with your children or grandchildren to repurpose items you already have. Bottle caps for stepping stones, pieces of twigs tied together to make an arbor, driftwood for benches and tables. Incorporating small plants into the scene increases the feeling that tiny fairies inhabit the garden. Plant suggestions include maidenhair or asparagus ferns, violets, Irish moss and French thyme or oregano. Where is the best place for a fairy garden? We suggest that it is slightly hidden at the base of a tree or an out of the way corner of the garden to create an element of surprise and discovery for visitors to your garden. If you lack garden space for a fairy garden, use a container. Place it on your porch or deck to enjoy the little landscape. If you use houses or other accessories that can’t handle wind and rain, a container makes it easy to transport the setting indoors during inclement weather. A container can be a larger plant pot or planter box, a small tabletop or a bench. Fairy gardens don’t need to be outside. Use small houseplants grouped in a container or a terrarium as a backdrop for your fairy landscape. A fairy garden is a chance to rediscover the wonder of gardening. Visit the Red Butte Garden Gift Shop to see our take on fairy gardening. We hope you’ll discover this “just for fun” gardening style; we think you’ll be glad you did. Attend a Red Butte Garden class on Fairy Gardening July 6!


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These activities are FREE for Garden members and are included with the price of admission for the general public. EVENING EXPLORATION: GARDEN TOUR

JUNE 6, JULY 11, AUGUST 1, THURSDAYS 7:00 - 8:30 PM Join us for an exploration of what’s blooming throughout the Garden. Come once or come often to walk with one of our fabulous Garden Guides and take an intimate look at the Garden and see how it changes throughout the season. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Meet in the Visitor Center Courtyard. REGULAR GARDEN ADMISSION / MEMBERS FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CALL (801)581-8454 OR ONLINE AT WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

EVENING EXPLORATION: NATURAL AREA HIKE

JUNE 11, TUESDAY 6:30 - 8:00 PM Join us for an exploration of what’s blooming in our “back forty”. Come once or come often to walk with a trained volunteer to take a closer look at our Natural Area and see how it changes throughout the season. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Meet in the Visitor Center Courtyard. REGULAR GARDEN ADMISSION / MEMBERS FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CALL (801)581-8454 OR ONLINE AT WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

GETTING TO KNOW LICHENS

JUNE 22, SATURDAY 10:00 AM - NOON Did you know, that structurally speaking, lichens are among the most bizarre of all forms of life? That’s because every lichen species is actually composed of two, possibly even three, distinct species of organisms. Or were you aware that hummingbirds are known to gather lichens to build their nests and certain lichens were used in olden days as fabric dyes? There’s probably a lot you don’t know about those unassuming lichens, so join us for a informative walk through the Garden as we take a closer look at many “likeable lichens” common to our area. Sara Anderson, RBG Curator

FAIRY GARDENS

JULY 6, SATURDAY 10:00 AM - NOON Explore ways in which to create a fantasy environment with herbs, flowers, natural materials and miniature accessories. We will discuss the practical steps involved in creating an enchanting tiny garden world... just the type of place that is sure to attract a fairy or gnome to visit! Fairy lore and fairy ways will be part of the workshop, along with the opportunity to learn about plants and basic container gardening. Bring your imagination and we will help you cultivate your green thumb! All ages are welcome. Patrick Newman, RBG Programs Director REGULAR GARDEN ADMISSION / MEMBERS FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CALL (801)581-8454 OR ONLINE AT WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

WICKED PLANTS

AUGUST 8, THURSDAY 6:30 - 8:30 PM Join us as we explore the dark underbelly of the plant world. Poisonous, carnivorous, or just plain nasty, the diabolical botanicals in this unique lecture will be safely explored in all their fearful glory. Introduce yourself to a number of infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim. More importantly, learn about plants to keep children and pets away from in this unique and enlightening lecture and garden walk. Eddy Dawson, RBG Staff REGULAR GARDEN ADMISSION / MEMBERS FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CALL (801)581-8454 OR ONLINE AT WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

HORTICULTURE SPOTLIGHT LECTURE SERIES SEE PAGE 11 FOR DATES & TIMES

EARLY MORNING BIRD WATCHING SEE BACK COVER FOR DATES & TIMES

REGULAR GARDEN ADMISSION / MEMBERS FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CALL (801)581-8454 OR ONLINE AT WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

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Lesquerella tumulosa displays bright yellow flowers in spring and purple fruit by summer

CONSERVATION PLANT HIGHLIGHT: Kodachrome Bladderpod (Lesquerella tumulosa)

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By Rita Reisor, Director of Conservation

Botanists and avid gardeners don’t often like to admit that there are some plant families of which they just aren’t fond. I hope you can withhold judgment when I admit that the mustard family, Brassicaceae, is one of my least favorites. I have even been known to avoid identifying these unless absolutely necessary. Many members of the mustard family have small non-showy flowers with four petals, are tall and spindly, and are a challenge to identify. Then one day, I discovered the Kodachrome bladderpod (Lesqueralla tumulosa)! This bright yellow pincushion plant, dotting the barren knolls across a white landscape has now landed on my list of favorites.

The gray foliage and mounding growth form are two common adaptations this plant uses to survive in an extreme habitat, characterized by wind, low water, and poor soils.

The Kodachrome bladderpod is restricted to the xeric, semi-barren knolls of white shale within the Carmel Formation, located south of Kodachrome State Park. It is a small mound forming perennial that is only 4 centimeters tall covered with small, vivid yellow flowers. During blooming season (late April-May), these little plants bring an unexpected splash of bright color to an otherwise neutral landscape.

Little is understood about the life history and biology of the species, information that is necessary for land managers to properly protect the species. To answer these basic biological questions, scientists at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument are conducting long-term monitoring of the species. Red Butte Garden is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management to collect seeds for long-term conservation and propagation research.

This narrow endemic is known from one population of approximately 20,000 individuals scattered within a 2 square mile area in Kane County, UT. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed Kodachrome bladderpod as Federally Endangered in 1993. Threats to the species are having a single population, habitat loss from mining, illegal off-road vehicle use, and possibly grazing.

YOGA IN THE GARDEN Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 AM June 11 - July 18

Increase your flexibility; feel rejuvenated and ready for your day! Join instructor Kristin Vance of Fluid Heart Yoga in the Red Butte Garden Greenhouse for this six week Vinyasa Yoga course. Beginners to experts welcome! Pre-registration required. Call (801) 581-8454 or visit: www.redbuttegarden.org/yoga_garden RED BUTTE GARDEN


MONDAY FAMILY NIGHTS

Bring your family and a picnic dinner to Red Butte Garden and enjoy cool summer evenings filled with diverse cultural entertainment, crafts, and activities. June 10 – Native American Flute Circle June 17 – Best of Africa Cultural Group July 1 – Divya School of Dance (Bollywood) July 8 – Red Desert Ramblers July 22 – Salt Lake Scots Performances at 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM at the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre. REGULAR GARDEN ADMISSION / SPECIAL PRICE OF $38 FOR FAMILY OF SIX / GARDEN MEMBERS FREE

SUMMER CAMPS

Ready for an outdoor adventure? Spend part of your summer at the Garden and learn something new in our fun and educational Summer Kids’ Camps. Each of our week-long camps cover topics inspired by the natural world and combine art, science, exploration and fun! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CALL (801)581-8454 OR ONLINE AT WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

CAMPOUTS

June 21, 5:30 PM – June 22, 8:30 AM August 9, 5:30 PM – August 10, 8:30 AM Bring your tent, camping gear and a picnic dinner for an unbelievable night in the Garden! Friday night campouts include games, s’mores, a guided tour of the Garden and a late night movie. We’ll also provide a scrumptious catered breakfast Saturday morning for all participants. Gates open at 5:30 PM; activities begin at 7:00 PM. All ages welcome. Registration begins May 20 and space is limited to 120 participants. Registration not required for children under the age of three. Members: $30 Non-Members: $35 REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CALL (801)581-8454 OR ONLINE AT WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

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Double the Impact of Your Donation! Did you know that your membership is considered a charitable contribution to Red Butte Garden? As such, your employer might match your membership or other gift! Many employers participate in matching employee gifts to the University of Utah. Find out more by sending an email to: matching.gift@admin.utah.edu. You can also check with your HR department to find out if your employer will match your contribution. We appreciate your support. P.S. Be sure to ask your employer if they will match your volunteer efforts as well! Your service in the Garden can reach even farther when your employer matches each hour you donate with a monetary contribution. Thanks for doing all you can to help the Garden grow! Donations: 801.587.9658 or gail.garfield@redbutte.utah.edu Membership: 801.585.7172 or morgan.byrne@redbutte.utah.edu

2013 ADVISORY BOARD:

GARDEN INFORMATION

Carter Livingston, Chair David Gee, Vice Chair Olivia Agraz Cathy Foote Angstman Jane Barker Thomas Brickey David Classen Rebecca Duberow Fred Esplin Gayle Everest Kathie Horman Gregory Lee Vickie Long Nancy Martin Michele Mattsson Rob McFarland Judy Moreton Michael Perez Tom Ramsey Robert Rose Chris Satovick Ann Scott Stephen Urquhart Joyce P. Valdez Tim Welsh Henry Wurts Emeritus members E.R. Dumke, Jr. Sandy McOmber

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Admission:

Hours:

May 1 - August 31* Daily 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM *Days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, hours are 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Members: Free Adults (18-64) $10 Seniors (65+) $8 Military w/ID $8 Children (3-17) $6 Children (under 3) Free University of Utah Faculty & Staff with ID $8 University of Utah Students w/ID Free Groups of 12 or more receive $1 off regular admission price for each person. Full group payment is due at time of Garden entry.

Location: Visitor Center, Gift Shop, & Mailing Address: Product group from well-managed 300 Wakara Way - Salt Lake City, UT 84108 forests and other controlled sources Phone: 801.585.0556 Fax: 801.587.5887 Web site: www.redbuttegarden.org Comments: 801.581.4938 or e-mail bryn.ramjoue@redbutte.utah.edu

www.fsc.org Cert no. SCS-COC-001216 1996 Forest Stewardship Council

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Children’s Garden

JUST FOR KIDS GARDEN ADVENTURES

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Eco-Art

Want to start a gardening trend in your neighborhood? Show your artistic side by creating words or images with moss! Guests will create their own moss “paint” and use it to illustrate an image of their own design. Take your work home and watch it grow into a living work of art!

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A Rose is a The Rose Garden is in full bloom, but how much do you know about these fantastic flowers? Expand your knowledge of roses as we meet with expert horticulturist Rose is a Rose Crystal Reece and go on a sensory exploration of roses in the Garden.

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Ever think about starting your own compost bin? We’ll learn why compost is so great

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Compost Kids for our gardens and some of the different ways you can compost at home. Participants will even create their own mini compost bin to take home and get started!

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Sun Chefs

Harness the energy of the sun! We all know that the sun keeps things toasty during the summer months, and we’ll learn to put that energy to work! We’ll explore basic sun science and test our comprehension as we build solar ovens and cook tasty treats.

Simply Succulents

Everyone appreciates the leafy green foliage found around the Garden, but did you know the Garden also has a large collection of cacti and succulents? Learn how these plants store water in the summer heat and plant your own succulent to take home!

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Garden Adventures are Saturday kids’ classes held semi-monthly. All classes start promptly at 10:00 AM and end at 11:30 AM in Em’s Sprout House, pre-registration is required. Ages 4-12 are welcome with a caregiver. Limit one caregiver per participant (registration not required for caregiver). No infants please. MEMBERS: $5 PUBLIC: $7 PLEASE REGISTER ON OUR WEBSITE WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG OR BY CALLING (801)581-8454.

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Father’s Day

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Concert

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Trombone Shorty/Big Head Todd Concert

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She & Him Concert

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Monday Family

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Pink Martini

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Flag Day

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Garden Tour 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Evening Exploration: 11

Independence Day

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Thursday

Getting to Know Lichens 10:00 AM - Noon

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Global Wind Day

Garden Treasures: Salt Lake Tour 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Wildflower Photography 9:00 AM - Noon (2/2)

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Wildflower Photography 9:00 AM - Noon (1/2)

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Old Crow Medicine Show Concert

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Living Picture

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Fairy Gardens 10:00 AM - Noon

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*Plein-Air Landscape Workshop begins May 23

YOGA IN THE GARDEN Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30 - 8:30 AM 6/11 - 7/18 (Pre-registration required)

EARLY MORNING BIRD WATCHING 9:00 - 11:30 AM 6/1, 6/4, 6/8, 6/13, 6/15, 6/18, 6/22, 6/29

ART EXHIBITS 5/24 - 6/16 Yevgeniy Zolotsev 6/21 - 7/14 Jeanne Hansen

GARDEN ADVENTURES 10:00 - 11:30 AM 6/15 Eco-Art 6/29 A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

Events at Red Butte Garden

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Plein-Air Landscape Workshop (6/6)* 5:30 - 8:30 PM

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6:00 - 9:00 PM Plein-Air Landscape Workshop (5/6)* 5:30 - 8:30 PM Tony Bennett Concert

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Plein-Air Landscape Workshop (4/6)* 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Garden: Indian Cuisine 6:30 - 8:30 PM

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Plein-Air Landscape Workshop (3/6)* 5:30 - 8:30 PM Evening Exploration: Garden Tour 7:00 - 8:30 PM

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Jackson Browne Concert

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Garden Maintenance (3/3) 7:00 - 9:00 PM

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Garden Maintenance (2/3) 7:00 - 9:00 PM

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Garden Maintenance (1/3) 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Evening Exploration: Natural Area Hike 6:30 - 8:00 PM

World Environment Day

National Trails Day

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GARDEN ADVENTURES 10:00 - 11:30 AM 7/13 Compost Kids 7/27 Sun Chefs

Band Concert Free Lecture: Creating a Native Pollinatior Garden 6:30 - 7:30 PM

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Monday Family Night: Best of Africa Cultural Group

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Monday Family Night: Native America Flute Circle

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Michael Franti & Spearhead Concert

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George Thorogood/ Buddy Guy Concert

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Full Moon

John Prine Concert

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Free Sundance Movie: The Summit 9:00 PM

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Free Sundance Movie: Little Miss Sunshine 9:00 PM

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John Butler Trio Concert

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Steve Miller Band Concert

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Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration Concert

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Native Seed Collecting 9:00 AM - Noon

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Free Sundance Movie: Senna 9:00 PM

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Pioneer Day

Dwight Yoakam Concert

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Spyhop Heatwave Fest - Free Concert 7:00 - 9:00 PM

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Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Concert

Cooking in The Garden: Indian Cuisine 6:30 - 8:30 PM

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Friday

Merle Haggard Concert

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Kenny Loggins Concert

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Free Lecture: Water-wise Landscape Design for Homeowners 6:30 - 7:30 PM

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Full Moon

Monday Family Night: Salt Lake Scots

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David Byrne & St. Vincent Concert

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Night: Red Desert Ramblers

Wednesday

Brandi Carlile Concert

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EARLY MORNING BIRD WATCHING 9:00 - 11:30 AM 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27

9:00 AM - Noon 4/13, 20, 27

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EARLY MORNING BIRD WATCHING 9:00 - 11:30 AM 8/3, 8/17, 8/31

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP (3-Day Workshop) 6:00 - 9:00 PM 8/8 & 8/9 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 8/10

ART EXHIBITS 8/16 - 9/8 Melissa Hughston

GARDEN ADVENTURES 10:00 - 11:30 AM 8/24 Simply Succulents

Preserving Fresh Herbs 9:00 - 11:00 AM

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EARLY MORNING BIRD WATCHING

Enjoy the Garden’s cool morning breezes and join us for a morning walk full of wildlife activity. Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager, Downy Woodpecker, and American Gold Finch are just some of the many birds we’re likely to see. Bring your binoculars and register for one or more of the scheduled birding walks. Arline Sant, RBG Naturalist Volunteer

Cooper’s Hawk

Black-Chinned Hummingbird

MORNINGS 9:00 - 11:30 AM JUNE 1, SATURDAY JUNE 4, TUESDAY JUNE 8, SATURDAY JUNE 13, THURSDAY JUNE 15, SATURDAY JUNE 18, TUESDAY JUNE 22, SATURDAY JUNE 29, SATURDAY JULY 6, SATURDAY JULY 13, SATURDAY JULY 20, SATURDAY JULY 27, SATURDAY AUGUST 3, SATURDAY AUGUST 17, SATURDAY AUGUST 31, SATURDAY REGULAR GARDEN ADMISSION / GARDEN MEMBERS FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED (801)581-8454 OR ONLINE AT WWW.REDBUTTEGARDEN.ORG

Red Butte Garden Newsletter - Summer 2013  

Summer 2013 issue of the quarterly Red Butte Garden Newsletter

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