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Hemingway Four Seasons Garden

Built in 1994 and named for Shirley S. Hemingway, and redesigned by Oehme, Van Sweden and Associates, Inc. in 1998, the Hemingway Four Seasons Garden was designed to be beautiful year-round and highlight Red Butte Garden's namesake—Red Butte peak above.

This garden holds portions of the ornamental grass, conifer, viburnum, and crabapple collections. You will find plants with color, texture, and form, including lots of fruiting plants, grasses, evergreens, weeping plants, and plants with interesting bark. Approximately 100,000 spring bulbs (predominantly Daffodils) have been planted throughout this area and creates a beautiful display in late March through early May.

Seasonal plant interest includes:

  • Spring: Crabapples (Malus), Russian Hawthorns (Crataegus ambigua), Viburnums, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas),Daffodils (Narcissus), Flowering Onion (Allium) and other spring bulbs.
  • Summer: Ornamental grasses, Cone Flower (Echinacea), Daylily (Hemerocallis), Roses (Rosa), Obedient Plant (Physostegia), Catmint (Nepeta),Bush Clover (Lespedeza thunbergi ‘Gibraltar’) and ‘Herbstonne’ Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia).
  • Fall: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Bluebeard (Caryopteris), Viburnums, ‘Autumn Blaze’ Maples (Acer freemanii), ornamental grasses, seed heads of Cone Flower and Alliums, Rose hips, Bush Clover (Lespedeza thunbergi ‘Gibraltar’), Yarrow (Achillea), smoke-like plumes of Smoke Bush (Cotinus).
  • Winter: Ornamental grasses, Viburnums, and Russian Hawthorns (Crataegus ambigua), Red and Yellow Twig Dogwoods (Cornus), conifers, silver bark on Maples (Acer), berries of the deciduousHolly (Ilex decidua), Rose Hips, Swiss Willow (Salixhelvetica), and Koreanlilac (Syringa).


Photo: Kathy Ariss, Red Butte Garden


Photo: Kate Randall, Red Butte Garden


Photo: Kate Randall, Red Butte Garden


Photo: Jason Baker, Red Butte Garden