Try the Tree Browser

Trees are investments that add value, interest, texture, shade and animal habitat to your landscape. But (as is the case with all plants) if you put the wrong tree in the wrong place it is doomed from the start. The number of choices can be a little overwhelming. What shape will work best? How hardy does it need to be? Do you want it primarily for shade or spectacular fall color?


USU Extension's online Tree Browser is a great tool to help you select the right tree for your landscape. Just adjust the settings for the characteristics you're looking for in a tree and the Tree Browser gives you a list of options, complete with photographs and information about each one. Try it out at .

Oh Baby!

The USU Botanical Center really comes to life May 11 and 12 with our first ever Baby Animal Days celebration. Meet lambs, kids, llamas, rabbits, chicks, ducklings and piglets, all being raised by local 4-H members. There will be crafts to make, sheep shearing demonstrations, horseback rides, a putting green, a climbing wall and miniature train rides. Visit our Master Gardeners to get answers to your gardening questions and learn about upcoming classes for children and adults. The event raises funds for Davis County 4-H and garden development at the USU Botanical Center.


Plan to join us Friday, May 11th from 4-8 p.m. or  

Saturday May 12 from  10 a.m.-6 p.m.  

For more information and online ticket sales click here.

Events & Classes 

Create a Hanging Basket

When: May 17

Where: Ogden Botanical Gardens

Time: Noon - 1 pm & 6 -7 pm

Cost: $37 Public/$29 Members of the Garden

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When: May 19

Where: USU Botanical Center

Time: 10 - 11 am

Cost: $37 Public/$29 Members of the Garden

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Learn to construct and care for colorful hanging baskets that will last through the summer. Then plant a basket to take home.


Botanical Water Color Class

When: June 16th 9:00am-Noon
Where: Utah House at the Utah Botanical Center
Time: 9 am ̶ noon

Cost: $37 Public/Members of the Garden
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Geared for novice painters, but appropriate for all art levels, this class will introduce art and plant lovers to the world of botanical illustrations. Be inspired by the gardens at the Utah Botanical Center and learn techniques to help you capture the color and texture of flowers.  This course will inspire you to get out in the garden and enjoy the beauty of nature. Materials will be provided.

Explore the Garden Family Night:  

Art in the Arboretum

When: June 25

Time: 6:30 ̶ 8 pm
Where: USU Botanical Center's Varga Arboretum
Cost: $10 per family (up to six members) $3 per person
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Walk through the Varga Arboretum and discover the variety and beauty of the trees growing there during a tour guided by a USU Extension Specialist. Then have fun drawing and painting trees in some fun art activities. This event is perfect for your child who is a budding artist.


Art in the Garden Gala
When: June 30

Time: 1 ̶ 5 pm
Where: Ogden Botanical Garden
Cost: Free (Note that there are classes during the event that require payment and registration.)

One of our favorite annual events! Admire local artists as they create beauty, and then stroll through the gardens enjoying the serenity and beauty of live musical performances. Taste delicious food prepared by local chefs and enjoy garden tours led by Master Gardeners.


Hypertufa Trough Workshop

When: June 30

Time: noon ̶ 2 pm
Where: Ogden Botanical Garden
Cost: $60 Public/$48 Members of the Garden
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Learn how to mix and make your own (molded concrete) hypertufa planter. Create and decorate a planter to take home. All materials will be provided.


The Art of Cooking with Herbs 
When:June 30

Time: 2 ̶ 4 pm
Where: Ogden Botanical Garden
Cost: $15 Public/$9 Members of the Garden
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Joy Bossi, well-known radio and television personality, will teach this tasty class. You'll come away inspired to season your own dishes with the fresh flavors of herbs.


Taking Better Outdoor Photos
When: June 30th, 4 ̶ 6 pm
Where: Ogden Botanical Garden
Cost: $37 Public/$29 Members of the Garden
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Members of the Ogden Camera Club will teach techniques and tools for better outdoor photography. The club also sponsors our 1st Garden Gala Photography Contest with prizes.  


Contact Us
Utah State University
Botanical Center
725 South Sego Lily Drive
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: (801) 593-8969


Ogden Botanical Gardens
1750 Monroe Boulevard
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: (801) 399-8080

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