Garden Tour: Ogden Botanical Garden

Another installment of my on-going series of Garden Tours. If you know a garden I should visit (maybe your own?) let me know in the comments below.

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 mountains are a stunning backdrop to the lovely 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.

I really liked the fruit/vegetable garden area. Everything from the espaliered trees, to the raised beds, to the pergola entryway.

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.

photo of blooming redbud tree in Ogden Botanical garden

A look towards the Japanese garden. Check out that redbud!

photo of mauve-colored hellebore at Ogden Botanical garden

Hellebore (Helleborus sp.) in the cottage garden.

photo of white-flowered anemone in

Anemone (not to be confused with the anemone sea-creature) in the cottage garden.

photo of pulsatilla flowers and seed heads at Ogden Botanical garden

Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla sp.) remind me of something from a Dr. Suess book.

photo of crab apple and chokecherry blossoms.

If only the picture could capture the scent and the warmth of the sun, too.

photo of path lined by flowering crabapples at Ogden Botanical garden

This path reminded me a bit of the “white way to light” from Anne of Green Gables.

photo of red and white columbine at Ogden Botanical Garden

I was so busy looking up at the flowering trees that I almost missed this columbine (Aquilegia sp.) down below.

Photo of pink clematis at Ogden Botanical Garden

I need this clematis in my garden.

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!

A gaggle of kids on the first bench…

…oh look, another bench!

photo of kids eating a picnic lunch at the Ogden Botanical Garden

Picnicking like champs.

Ever since our trip to Arizona last month, Gracie loves “casus” (cactus).


What garden should I tour next?


  1. Your pictures are amazing! They make me want to get back in the big girl camera habit again. Thanks for coming with us! Also, I realized as we were leaving we missed that entry garden. Guess we need to go back!

    • Thanks! I love my phone because I can take quick pictures at any time, and they usually are good enough. But I’m always amazed at what turns out when I get my big camera out.

  2. Nice flowers and very lovely. Quality of pictures is awesome. Is this taken by a professional photographer?

    • Wow, thank you for the kind compliments! I took all the photos seen here on this post and throughout the blog. And no, I’m not a professional photographer – just a hobbyist.

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