Thanksgiving Point Gardens Season Opening on March 29, 2014

LEHI, Utah — Thanksgiving Point is celebrating the return of spring on Saturday, March 29, with the season opening of the Thanksgiving Point Gardens. Since its seasonal closure in October, the gardeners have worked hard to get the estate gardens ready for the springtime opening. Thanksgiving Point Gardens feature 15 themed garden rooms. The most popular garden spots include the following:

Secret Garden
Guests can try to find the Secret Garden. This hidden enclave replicates almost every element of the garden described in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classical novel. The book speaks of mainstays of the English cottage garden with India playing an important part in the story. Guests will see exotic favorites such as Empress of India nasturtium, moonflower, jasmine and species gladiolus.

Italian Garden
Reminiscent of a quintessential 16th century Italian villa, the Italian Garden features 32 cascading basins flanked by carved yew hedges. The Italian Garden is one of the most iconic gardens with its grandeur Mediterranean design. It is also a popular spot in the Gardens to take photos with the family or for bridal portraits.

Waterfall Amphitheatre
With nine separate cascades, the Waterfall Amphitheatre is 65 feet high and 300 feet wide, making it the largest man-made waterfall in the Western Hemisphere. Interlaced throughout the cascades of the waterfall are a variety of pines, sumac and aspen trees, creating an illusion of walking through the mountains of the Wasatch Front.

Fragrance Garden
The Fragrance Garden features a gazebo with surrounding scented geraniums in raised beds specifically selected to awaken the sense of smell. Popular ones include Orange Fizz and Chocolate Cosmos, which smell like what they are named. Other geraniums in the garden smell like carrot, black pepper, gooseberry and peach.

Monet Pond
Claude Monet’s masterpiece of his water garden provided the inspiration for the Monet pond design. A replica of Monet’s bridge is a graceful gateway in this picture-perfect garden, lush with water lilies, iris, peonies and lotus. The Monet pond is also home to a school of brightly colored koi that guests are welcomed to feed.

Thanksgiving Point Gardens are located at 3900 N. Garden Dr. in Lehi. Admission is $15/adults and $12/children and seniors. Thanksgiving Point Members receive free admission. Gardens are open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., closed Sundays. For more information visit:

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About Thanksgiving Point
Thanksgiving Point is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of a farm, garden, and museum that provide opportunities for transformative family learning and fostering an environment where positive, meaningful experiences naturally happen. Created in 1996 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point has become a center of community engagement for more than 1.6 million annual visitors from all 50 states and around the world. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi. For more information, call 801-768-2300 or visit:

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