Purge Your Spurge

Euphorbia myrsinites, commonly known as myrtle spurge or donkey tail, is a perennial weed originally introduced from Eurasia as an ornamental plant.  In our climate, it has escaped from cultivation and invaded the foothills, forming colonies that can almost completely displace our native plants.  Its sap consists of a milky latex that is highly poisonous […]

Joy Hashimoto Tribute

On Saturday, April 14, we celebrated Arbor Day a little early (it’s normally the last Friday in April) to pay tribute to the memory of Joy Hashimoto by planting a Japanese flowering cherry tree in the park near the Sugar House Garden Center.  Mrs. Hashimoto, who lived to the age of 90, was a longtime […]

Events at Red Butte Gardens March-April

SPRING BONSAI SHOW Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, 2018 Event Times:  Saturday from 9AM-5PM & Sunday from 9AM-3:30PM Discover Bonsai, the Japanese art of growing miniature trees in containers. Members of The Bonsai Club of Utah will exhibit different bonsai styles and arrangements, and offer demonstrations of training and shaping techniques. Trees and tools […]

In Memoriam: Jeff Lenci

Jeff Lenci, former building manager for the Sugar House Garden Center, passed away on June 4, 2017.  He had been instrumental in rehabilitating the garden center and setting up a new operational plan to keep it financially solvent.  He was a beloved friend, neighbor, and co-worker to many people, as well as being a very […]

In Memoriam: Lynn Hess

We are sad to report the death of Lynn Hess.  Many of you knew him through his involvement in the Utah Associated Garden Clubs.  Among other activities, he spent many, many hours each year serving as the coordinator of the Floriculture Show at the Utah State Fair.  His obituary follows:   Horsley Funeral Homes (Malad, […]

Purge Your Spurge!

Myrtle spurge, also known as burro tail or donkey tail, is a drought-tolerant plant that used to be promoted as an ornamental.  While the yellowish flower bracts, which appear in spring, can be attractive, myrtle spurge is not a desirable plant in Utah.  It has turned out to be highly invasive, spreading through the foothills […]