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    Our Gardens

    Visiting the USU Botanical Center demonstration gardens, ponds and arboretum is free.

    They are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. 

    Edible Demo Garden raised beds filled with late summer plants

    Edible Demonstration Garden

    The goal of this garden is to provide educational opportunities for the public through hands-on demonstrations, exhibits and gardening experiences. The focus of the garden is to showcase edible crops best suited for Northern Utah.  

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    Garden View Pavilion

    Garden View Pavilion

    The pavilion serves as a community gathering place. It provides access to the ponds, trails and natural areas. It also serves as a staging area for educational activities and events.  

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    Planting beds around the Kaysville Education Center featuring water-wise perennials

    Kaysville Education Center Gardens

    Our gardens located around the Kaysville Education Center feature perennials, grasses and trees suitable for the Intermountain West. Many water-wise landscape plants and Utah natives are featured. 

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    Planting beds around the Kaysville Education Center featuring water-wise perennials

    Kaysville Ponds and Nature Trails

    The USU Botanical Center features a much-loved urban fishery and wetland area that supports birds and other wildlife. The ponds are surrounded by nature trails and boardwalks, making it a great place to relax, exercise and recreate.  

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    Park Strip Demo Garden Under Construction. New installation

    Parkstrip Redesign Demonstration Garden

    This garden was recently installed in May of 2020. It showcases and compares water usage between eight different perennial planting designs.

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    Rasmussen Teaching Garden

    Rasmussen Teaching Garden

    East of the Kaysville Education Center at the crest of the hill, the H. Paul and Mary Jane Rasmussen Teaching Garden is an inviting example of bringing together color, texture and water conservation in the garden. Students in USU's horticulture program use the garden as a classroom. Visitors are always welcome to walk the paths or relax on a garden bench.

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    Stokes Ornamental Grass & Iris Garden - iris is bloom

    Stokes Ornamental Grass & Iris Garden

    The Stokes Ornamental Grass & Iris  Garden was established in 2011 through a generous gift from Deloris Stokes and his children to honor the memory of Eleda Vee Smith Stokes. It features a large collection of irises, crabapples, and ornamental grasses.

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    Cut flower garden featured in the urban farm demo garden

    Urban Farm Demonstration Garden

    The Urban Farm Demonstration garden features a cut flower garden, edibles, and a compost demonstration area. It is meant to inspire and demonstrate how much yield can come from a small urban plot. 

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    Wetland Discovery Point

    Utah House Gardens

    A water-wise landscape surrounds the Utah House with intent to demonstrate to homeowners how to create a colorful landscape while significantly reducing water use. 

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    Trees of the Varga Arboretum

    William A. Varga Arboretum

    The Varga Arboretum showcases 300 different species of trees and shrubs that are well-suited to Utah’s arid, mountain valleys. 

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