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Ogden Botanical Gardens Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Open House

Standard Examiner Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, the first seeds of the Ogden Botanical Gardens were planted. Today, that little oasis on the Ogden River has sprouted into a popular destination that attracts six-figure crowds each year. “When we started, all we had was the rose garden, a building and some pavilions,” said Jerry Goodspeed, director of the Ogden Botanical Gardens. “Over 25 years it has really grown, in terms of the gardens themselves.” These days, the gardens cover 12 acres, with more than 120 types of trees represented and in excess of 120,000 visitors each year. Goodspeed says that last figure is a far cry from 1994, when they had “maybe 20 people” attend the Ogden Botanical Gardens modest grand opening. ... At 6 p.m., a non-timed “Run Through the Roses 5K” race will be held; registration is $35. A Kids’ Fun Run precedes it at 5:30 p.m. No registration is required for the kids’ run. And the best part? Organizers will offer free Aggie Ice Cream to the first 250 people who visit the gardens’ education building. ... Goodspeed said the purpose of the botanical gardens is to train and educate people on the wise use of water, plants and related resources. It also offers a location where the public can engage in hands-on learning, see a variety of plants, and get ideas for their own gardens. Goodspeed offers a couple of reasons why the Utah State University Extension Service-affiliated gardens is hosting this open house. “One is to say ‘Thanks,’” he said. “It’s been a good 25 years for us.”

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