Visit Red Butte Garden any time during the Bulbs & Blooms Festival to see a breathtaking, colorful array of 360,000 blooming bulbs! Of those, over 215,000 are daffodils. The rest are: Allium, Anemone, Camassia, Chionodoxa, Cyclamen, Fritillaria, Galanthus, Hyacinthus, Ipheion, Iris, Leucojum, Muscari, Scilla and more.
Every fall for the past ten years, Garden volunteers and staff have spent countless hours planting thousands of bulbs. In 2011 alone, an incredible 97,000 bulbs were planted. Let’s put our bulb number into a better perspective. According to the 2011 U.S. Census, there are about 190,000 people living in the Salt Lake City Metro area. With 360,000 bulbs planted, and the knowledge that over the years, some bulbs also divide and naturalize creating more blooms, we can assume that there could be double or triple as many bulbs blooming in the Garden this spring as there are Salt Lake City residents! While daffodils will be the stars of the show, ending the winter doldrums with bright blossoms, there will also be waves of primrose yellow, saffron, orange, creamy whites, and even pink colored blooms ebbing and flowing throughout the Garden.
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