Art in the Gardens

The Art in the Gardens Gala, Saturday, June 30 is a wonderful way to say farewell to June and embrace the summer. The Ogden Botanical Gardens is an especially beautiful place to visit this time of year and this annual fundraiser adds local artists, live music, garden tours and a silent auction to the experience. Admission is free, though there are fees for some of the day's workshops. The gala runs from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit garden development and include works by our participating artists, golf packages, a gift basket from The Treehouse Children's Museum, garden supplies and books, gourmet treats from Beehive Cheese, accessories from Bella Me Boutique, restaurant gift cards, tickets from the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association, and the list goes on. For more information, Click Here.

Healthy Bees, Healthy Planet

Though most people think of honey bees or bumble bees when they give any thought to bees, there are actually about 900 species of bees that are native to Utah. Honey bees are actually European imports. While other types of insects and animals do pollinate plants, bees are by far the most efficient and important pollinators. Without bees many plants we rely on simply could not produce fruit, and dairy cows rely on a supply of alfalfa which must be pollinated by bees. These tiny, hard-working insects are critical parts of the food web and they need our help.


Take a look at the Utah Bees website for information about helping the bees that help all of us and a schedule of upcoming bee keeping classes. 

See You at the Market!
The USU Botanical Center Farmers Market opens July 12 and runs from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday evening through October 11. Delicious produce from local growers is always the heart of the market. This year also features some new and exciting vendors. Among this year's food vendors is A1 Dogs, with top quality, fire grilled hot dogs served on fresh gourmet buns and topped with their one-of-a-kind special sauce. This year you can also enjoy some Famous Aggie Ice Cream while you browse the booths. 
Utah 10,000 Garden Challenge

To celebrate Utah gardening and agriculture and building communities by creating a network of locally produced food, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), with support from Utah State University Extension and others, is sponsoring the "Utah 10,000 Garden Challenge.


The goal is to have 10,000 gardens registered by the time of the Utah State Fair in September and a "garden" can be the vegetables growing in your yard, a community garden, a farm with acres of fruit or a container that supports one tomato plant. Registrants are eligible for prizes.  


Click Here for more information.

Events & Classes 

Farmers Market Garden to Table Short Course
When: Thursday July 26

Where: USUBC Farmers Market

Times: 5:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm
Cost: Free


Get the facts about growing bountiful vegetables in your garden and discover delicious ways to prepare what you harvest by sampling our favorite recipes. 
For more information about the Farmers Market click here.


A Day in the Wildflowers: Snowbasin Ski Resort Tour
When: Saturday July 28

Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Where: Snowbasin Ski Resort
Cost: $60 Members of the Garden, $75 Public
For member discount code, call Kathy (801) 399-8201 or Stacie (801) 451-3403
To register, Click Here.


Ride the gondola to the top of scenic Snowbasin where instructors will teach how to identify and photograph wildflowers. Participants receive a copy of the newest wildflower book produced by our very popular horticulturists, Jerry Goodspeed, Richard Anderson, and JayDee Gunnell. Price includes a copy of the book Wildflowers of the Mountain West, instruction, gondola ride, drinks and snacks.   


Explore the Garden Family Night:  

Chocolate Lovers Night
When: Monday, July 30

Time: 6:30 - 8 pm
Where: Utah House at the USUBC
Cost: $10 per family (up to six members) or $3 per person
To register, Click Here.


Chocolate lovers of all ages will enjoy this delicious event. Come learn about how chocolate is made and see how local chocolatier, Shirl Shepherd (owner of Pa's Chocolates) turns it into creamy treats. Shirl will demonstrate chocolate dipping techniques and then you get to try your hand at making and eating a chocolate creation of your own. 

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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