Salt Lake City's Grand New Garden

By Repanshek, Kurt | Sunset, April 2001 | Go to article overview

Salt Lake City's Grand New Garden


Repanshek, Kurt, Sunset


mountain travel guide

A spring destination to delight the senses

* With their dancing waters and bursts of color, the 55-acre gardens of Thanksgiving Point, 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City, are the perfect antidote to a long, snowy winter. Opening for the season on March 31, the gardens should be erupting with blooming primroses, pansies, tulips, and daffodils; the heady fragrance of crocuses will fill the air.

To get oriented, stop in at the new garden visitor center, with a cafe, gift shop, theater, and more. Next, head to 80-foot-tall Amphitheater Waterfalls. Nine cataracts plummet from the 600-foot-wide cliff face, made from casts taken of rock cliffs in a nearby canyon; nooks and crannies are lush with ferns. From a bridge, you can gaze across the gardens below.

The gardens delight-and they might even provide some ideas for your own backyard landscaping plan. How can you fail to be inspired by the French water garden with its broad lily pads, or by the rose garden with its graceful arbor? …

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