Central Utah Gardens are a quick place to explore without having to leave town. They are easily accessible, just of I-15 inn Orem. The gardens consist of a collection of spaces that show native plants and vegetables, trees, and ground cover which you can maintain with low-water techniques in your landscaping. It only take 30 minutes or so to explore the gardens.
The gardens have what you would expect of any garden, with well-tended plants and walking paths to explore it all. They labeled every plant, with small signs identifying anything in the gardens that catches your eye. And they also have larger signs with more information, to educate the public about water conservation. They even have a couple tiny houses side-by-side to compare a traditionally maintained landscape vs. a low-water, Utah-friendly landscape.
We visited after driving by many times over the last few years, to see what was there, and found ourselves inspired for new plants and trees we could use at our own home. July might not be the right time to re-landscape your home, but we have definite ideas for next spring.
The Central Utah Gardens also have events, and a small amphitheater where there are occasions concerts and show. They offer classes for adults to learn about gardening techniques, and kids classes. Details can be found on their web site at: http://www.centralutahgardens.org
How To Get There
The Central Utah Gardens are located in Orem, on University Pwky, just east of UVU. Turn south from University Pwky onto 1430 S, and the entrace is on the left.