Last week I took the opportunity to meet up with my sister and her kids for a fun day of adventures. We visited Win-Co (a first, for me), the Ogden Temple grounds (which were like a miniature tulip festival), and the Ogden Botanical Gardens.
The Ogden Botanical Gardens are an 11-acre demonstration garden established in 1994 and run/maintained by Utah State University. In addition to being open (free!) for the public to come and wander, picnic, and otherwise enjoy, classes and events are also held on the grounds to help everyone from garden newbies to experts learn together and from each other.
The 11 acres are divided into “mini-gardens”: a Japanese garden, rose garden, fruit/vegetable garden, a cottage garden, water-wise garden, etc. As we were leaving I realized we hadn’t even toured the “entry-garden”. I guess that’s what happens when you’re visiting with 3 kids and naptime is calling.
Even if I didn’t get to walk under the pergolas of the entry garden, I still enjoyed the wisteria blooming on them as we drove by on our way out of the parking lot.
On our visit the redbuds (Cercis canadensis) were in full blooming glory, as were the flowering crabapples (Malus sp.) and chokecherries (Prunus sp.). The lilacs were beautiful, as well. In addition to the flowering shrubs and trees, the most beautiful clematis was blooming on a pergola near the Japanese garden and I loved the anenomes (Anenome sp.), columbine (Aquilegia sp.), pasqueflower (Pulsatilla sp.) and hellebore (Helleborus sp.) growing in the understory.
If you were to ask the kids, they might say their favorite part was lunch or sitting on the benches, but I caught them admiring and smelling the flowers, too!
What garden should I tour next?