Red Butte Garden, with 100 enclosed acres of formal gardens and natural areas, provides a tranquil retreat for visitors, a source for entertainment and family activities, and educational opportunities for the community. This past year, the Garden welcomed 200,000 visitors, including 15,000 elementary school children.
During the Together We Reachcampaign, Red Butte Garden completed the capital campaign projects listed below. Each project was privately funded.
In March 2010, administrative, program, development, IT and communications personnel took up residence in a new two-story, 5,700 square foot addition that includes staff offices, meeting/classroom space, storage areas, an expanded gift shop, restrooms on the upper level, and an interior connection between the Visitor Center and Richard K. Hemingway Orangerie.
In 2007, Red Butte Garden completed an Amphitheatre renovation and expansion that included building a new stage, re-grading the lawn to improve sight lines, and moving Red Butte Canyon Road to add permanent restroom facilities and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Terrace. The goal of the project was to maintain the unique and intimate garden concert setting while addressing critical needs of artists and audience members. Since completion of the project, the Garden has averaged 90% attendance to the Outdoor Summer Concert Series, which in 2013 included 27 shows ranging from Steely Dan to Rodrigo y Gabriela. The Amphitheatre is also used for Sundance Film screenings, Monday Family Nights, Greek Theatre, and other special events.
In conjunction with the Amphitheatre renovation project, the Garden constructed the Sarah J. McCarthey and Family Rose Garden. The project included a formal rose garden, comprised of five different sub-gardens: the Martin Overlook Garden, the Elizabeth Ellis Schmidt Wedding Garden, Edna's Garden, the Celebration Garden, and the McCarthey Ring Garden.
The final phase of the Rose Garden/Amphitheatre project was the construction of a Rose House. The $1,400,000 structure was completed in early 2013. It has a 1,300 square-foot indoor reception hall opening to a covered patio and the Rose Garden. The Rose House also contains dressing rooms, restrooms, a catering kitchen, and more than 1,000 square feet of storage. The Rose House is used as a green room for artists performing in the Amphitheatre, a reception hall for weddings and other special events, and an indoor space for Garden After Dark and other programmatic activities.
Red Butte Garden has raised $6,000,000 for a Water Conservation Garden to be built and planted in 2014-2016. Through beautiful plant displays, well-designed garden spaces, and interpretive signage, this three-acre garden will demonstrate to visitors that beautiful yards need not require the heavy application of water or other resources. Red Butte Garden is now in the design phase of this project and plans to break ground in spring 2014.