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Fun Things going on this Summer at Red Butte Garden |

June 4th is National Trails Day and we are hosting a volunteer work event in the Natural Area. Saturday, June 4th, 9 a.m. – Noon. More info at 801-587-9951.

Garden Maintenance Class – Tuesdays June 14-28
$66 for Garden Members $72 General Public
801-587-5433 – taught in partnership with Lifelong learning at the U of U

Preserving Fresh Herbs – Saturday July 30
$37 for Garden Members $40 general Public
801-587-5433 – taught in partnership with Lifelong learning at the U of U

Native Seed Collecting – Sat. Aug 27
$16 and $20
801-581-8454

Free Classes with Garden Admission ($8 adults)
1. Native Bees – Sat. June 25th 9 a.m. – Noon
2. Tasty Tomatoes – Sat. August 20 – 10 am – Noon
3. Bird Watching – many Tuesdays and Saturdays – check the website for dates and times
4. Garden Tours – many Tuesday and Thursday evenings – check the website for dates and times
Registration required as space is limited 801-581-8454

Pioneer Day, July 24th
FREE for EVERYONE thanks to the Salt Lake County voters and residents and the Zoo, Arts and Parks program.
9 a.m. To 9 p.m.

Now that the weather has warmed the Garden is the place to be.
Blossoming trees and blooming flowers are everywhere.

The Natural Area offers nearly four miles of hiking trails with spectacular views of the valley and wildflowers blooming over the next couple of months.

Red Butte Garden values the idea of connecting people with living landscapes and to do that we create a variety of events as ways to spend time in the Garden. Garden classes are a great way to take what you see here to your home landscape. There is a container gardening class specific to vegetables (great for patios, and small spaces) The class is on May 19th in the evening from 6-9 p.m.

Throughout the summer we have guided bird watching tours. There are four birding sessions in May. One is on Saturday morning, May 21st beginning at 8:30 a.m.

We also have yoga, and pilates in the early summer mornings and walking groups either in the morning or evening. These classes are popular so it’s a good idea to register early. Information for all classes is available at www.redbuttegarden.org

Another unique class is a watercolor painting class taught en plein-air. The Garden is a beautiful setting to learn to paint.

As a mom I want to tell you about Red Butte Garden summer camp for kids. There are eight weeks of day-long or half-day camps for kids from kindergarten up to sixth grade. The camps are nature-based and the kids get to be outside, they learn while playing and they come home full of stories about their exciting, adventures in the Garden. Kids who spend time outside learn to appreciate nature.

What else is going on in the Garden? Concerts!
You may not know that there are two kinds of concerts at Red Butte Garden.

Our popular Summer Outdoor Concert Series has plenty of shows with tickets still available. The secret is that shows you may not have heard of tend to the be best shows! A few concerts that I look forward to seeing include:
Pink Martini, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Jonny Lang, and Return to Forever with chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Grambale – these guys are Jazz legends!

The other kind of concerts we present are called Monday Family Nights and these are perfect for…families….bring your picnic, let the kids run around, make a craft and see a performance by a cultural group sharing their heritage. Bollywood Dance Club on Monday, June 6. Dance from Brasil with Salt Lake Capoiera on Monday, June 13th, and high energy nights with Taiko drumming on June 20 Native American music and dance July 11 and Maori music and dance on July 18.

If all that variety is not enough opportunity to spend time in the Garden – join us for free community screenings of Sundance Film Institute Films this summer. We’ll have four music-themed films projected on a giant screen in the amphitheatre. Films like, It Might Get Loud on June 29th, The Music Never Stopped on July 20th and Troubadours on Aug 10 and lastly, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest on Aug. 31.

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