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.
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.
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.
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.
This garden was recently installed in May of 2020. It showcases and compares water usage between eight different perennial planting designs.
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.
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.
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.
A water-wise landscape surrounds the Utah House with the intent to demonstrate to homeowners how to create a colorful landscape while significantly reducing water use.
The Utah House is now the premier Davis County 4-H Event Center and is no longer open to the public for tours or events.
The Varga Arboretum showcases 300 different species of trees and shrubs that are well-suited to Utah’s arid, mountain valleys.
The pollinator garden was installed in 2021. This garden has been planted with pollinator-friendly flowers and is protected from pesticides to provide valuable habitat for bees and other pollinators. It features planters made from upcycled bee boxes as well as a large metal butterfly sculpture.
The Wetland Discovery Point is a certified LEED Platinum building utilized for youth programs, summer camps, and field trips. We have suspended all private event rentals. Please check our website in the future for reservation updates.