Salt Lake City

Gallivan Center announces return of Downtown ‘Garden Party’

March 25, 2024

The Gallivan Center is kicking off the spring season with its second annual Garden Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2024. Green thumbs, plant lovers, gardening novices, and anyone interested in learning and experiencing are invited to attend this free, indoor-outdoor event at 50 E. 200 South, which will feature education sessions, a butterfly house, interactive seed and flower activities, information booths, and giveaways.  

Six local gardening experts will sow seeds of knowledge with instructional presentations happening every 30 minutes on the Gallivan stage:  

11 a.m. – Growing Tea Herbs 

·         Cynthia Stringham, Creator/Host of PBS Utah’s Modern Gardener 

11:30 a.m. – Garden Pest Management 

·         Nick Volesky, Utah State University 

12 p.m. – Create Your Ideal Utah Yard 

·         Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District 

12:30 p.m. – How to Avoid the Top Common Gardening Mistakes 

·         Laura St. Onge  

1:00 p.m. – Backyard Beekeeping   

·         McKay Orton 

1:30 p.m. – Proper Rose Bush Pruning & Giveaway 

·         Cindy Crookston, Utah Rose Society 

Across the plaza in Gallivan Hall, attendees can cultivate connections with other gardeners by participating in a free seed packet exchange, belly up to the “flower bar” to arrange their very own Easter bouquet, breeze into a butterfly house, and sprout new interests at information booths. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.  

Public transportation to the event is encouraged. Those riding UTA’s TRAX should disembark at the Gallivan Plaza Station on the Blue Line. Discounted validations for the parking garage underneath the Gallivan Center will also be offered.   

Gallivan’s Garden Party is generously funded in part by Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) Program. More event details and a full schedule of Gallivan’s other upcoming programming can be found at  

About the Gallivan Center: 
The John W. Gallivan Utah Center is a year-round open space and urban area destination in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City that serves a variety of uses. The Gallivan Center’s grass amphitheater, public plazas, banquet center, public ice rink, and art installations serve as the hub for concerts, exhibits, workshops, debates and lectures, public gatherings, festivals, and holiday celebrations. The Gallivan welcomes approximately 500,000 visitors each year. Operating for three decades, the Gallivan Center enhances Downtown’s sense of community and vibrancy by fostering diverse and inclusive recreational, educational, artistic, and entertainment experiences for families and individuals of all ages.  

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