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101 Plants To Know at Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden

Celeste Tholen - Red Butte Garden Horticulture Expert

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This is a seven-class series:
April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, Sep 17, Oct 15
Tuesdays, 6-8 PM


Do you wander the aisles of the garden center and become overwhelmed by all of the choices? Before spending hundreds of dollars, would you like to know what certain shrubs, perennials, or trees could look like in ten years? Then this class is for you.

Join us for this three-season course as we look at 101 truly remarkable plants suited for the Wasatch Front garden. We will discover plants starting with spring bulbs and conclude with trees and shrubs that bear great fall color, and everything in between. Each class will cover topics such as plant identification, cultural requirements, and how plants are best used in the garden.

We will walk the Garden each class to take an up-close look at the various plants as they are discussed. Perfect for novice gardeners and plant enthusiasts alike, this course is sure to widen your plant palette and introduce you to some truly unique and amazing plants! Classes meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Get to know your instructor:

Celeste Tholen is an assistant horticulturist in the Rose, Floral Walk, and Amphitheater gardens. She has an AAS in Ornamental Horticulture from Utah State University and experience in the greenhouse and installing and maintaining landscapes. Prior to working in horticulture, she earned a BA in Journalism and spent more than a decade in digital publishing, where she wrote, edited, and managed journalism and marketing teams. Celeste fuses storytelling and horticultural skills to help people connect with plants and the natural world.

This class is part of the Dig Deeper Wasatch: Yard and Garden Program.

This program brings together three educational partners and experts in gardening along the Wasatch Front – Red Butte Garden, Conservation Garden Park, and Utah State University Extension at Wheeler Historic Farm.

In each core or elective class, participants will learn new skills and best practices in a wide array of horticulture-based topics while keeping water conservation and sustainability in the forefront. There is something for all skill sets and interests.

To learn how to participate in this certificate program click the Dig Deeper Wasatch logo. You do not need to participate in DDW program to take part in this class.