“Then my heart with pleasure fills And dances with the daffodils.”
The grass is greening, the buds are bursting and colors are popping out everywhere. Springtime has arrived at Red Butte Garden‘s spring bling is now in season. They call it “Bulbs and Blooms.” The grounds are planted with 450,000 bulbs, and of those, 230,000 are daffodils. Among the many spring bloomers are mini iris, magnolia, crocus, snowdrops, hellebores and assorted tree blossoms that include the showy pinks of crab apple trees. The pageantry continues with winter jasmine, witch hazel and other early bloomers that give way to lush lilacs, viburnum and wisteria.
A springtime visit to Red Butte not only promises an intoxicating sensory experience, but it will also inspire your own garden plantings and a renewed love for daffodils. According to the pros at Red Butte Garden, daffodils are spectacular, drought-tolerant and virtually pest-free. Autumn is the ideal time to plant the bulbs, but if you purchase sprouting bulbs this spring, make certain you keep them watered while they are blooming and growing. Don’t be alarmed when they go dormant as summer’s heat hits. They hibernate through Utah’s hot, dry summers. The good news is that, if planted correctly, daffodils will multiply and live happily in your garden for many years.
Local landscape designer Peter Lassig designed the floral walk at Red Butte Garden. In the fall of 2007, Lassig incorporated daffodils into the walk and orchestrated the planting of bulbs with varying bloom times to extend the bloom season. In the spring of 2008, over 60 different varieties of daffodils began to bloom for visitors.
Red Butte Garden is home to over 160 cultivars and species of narcissus, representing all 13 daffodil divisions. Daffodils can be viewed throughout the garden, but the highest concentrations are found in the Four Seasons Garden, Floral Walk and Rose Garden.
April 22: Earth Day Garden Tours from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Garden hours are from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in April.
April 28: Celebrate Arbor Day with Free admission to the Garden.
April is Poetry month! Red Butte Garden has 12 local poets poems presented throughout the Garden.
Get your membership by April 21. Member tickets go on sale April 24 at 7 p.m. online.