I grew up in Utah—never even left the state until my family took a vacation to Disneyland when I was five (and let’s be real, based on the number of BYU and UofU t-shirts I saw, there are probably more Utahns at Disneyland than Californians anyway). So when I took an internship out of state during my sophomore year of college, my eyes were definitely opened.
I never knew there were places where waitresses wouldn’t know about fry sauce or that it’s actually possible to go on a “hike” without a mountain. Heck, I didn’t even know that outside of Utah people have to work on the 24th of July or that someone might not know what I mean when I say, “Heck.”
Utah is different. Our weather, precipitation, climate, and even culture are unique from other parts of the country. Which is why it only makes sense that in order to grow right, our landscapes need to be different too.
On Saturday, August 20th from 4pm-7pm we will be celebrating what makes Utah unique during Conservation Garden Park’s annual Party in the Park. The theme of this year’s event is “Localscapes: landscape for where you live.”
Come celebrate Utah’s unique landscape with fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music, food trucks, wild animal encounters, crafts for kids, educational exhibits, and of course our annual Monarch butterfly release. There won’t be any funeral potatoes or green Jell-O, but you will find plenty of Utah-friendly plants as you wander Conservation Garden Park.
Admission to Party in the Park is free and two butterfly releases will be held during the event: one at 5:15 and one at 6:30. Arrive early to make sure you have time to park before the release. Conservation Garden Park is located at 8275 South 1300 West in West Jordan. For more information about the Garden or its events please visit www.conservationgardenpark.org.
About Conservation Garden Park:
Conservation Garden Park is a six-acre botanical garden focused on teaching how to landscape for Utah’s unique climate. It offers over 50 classes and events a year. This is the fourth year Conservation Garden Park has hosted Party in the Park.