Formerly the secret garden of Salt Lake, Gilgal Sculpture Garden is now a public city park, open daily for the enjoyment of all
Located at 749 East 500 South in Salt Lake City, Gilgal Sculpture Garden was envisioned, designed and created by Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. in the mid-twentieth century.
Tucked in the middle of the block behind houses and businesses, many are still unaware of its existence and enjoy a true sense of discovery when they visit the garden for the first time.
Gilgal Sculpture Garden contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems, and literary texts. As a whole, Gilgal Sculpture Garden is significant as the only identified "visionary art environment" in Utah.
GILGAL SCULPTURE GARDEN BENEFIT PLANT SALE
The Friends of Gilgal Garden and the Salt Lake Master Gardener's Association will host a plant sale on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Gilgal Sculpture Garden, 749 East 500 South in downtown Salt Lake City. The sale begins at 9:00 a.m. and features common water-wise garden plants in gallon pots. All proceeds from this sale will be used for conservation of Gilgal's historic gardens. A docent guided walking tour of the garden sculptures will begin at 9:30. Experienced gardeners will provide information on planting and caring for the sale plants.
Other event participants include the Salt Lake City Public Utilities Department which will provide information about water conservation, and the Salt Lake City Parks Division will display plans for the new Gilgal irrigation system.
Judi Short, the gardener who organized the event said, ``On the day of the sale visitors can shop, get information about plant care and water conservation, and take a walking tour of the garden. Our goal is to introduce new people to Gilgal and to raise funds to continue conservation of this unique public sculpture garden.''
Gilgal Garden contains twelve original sculptural arrangements and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems, and philosophical texts. It is the vision of Thomas Child who created the garden from 1945 to 1965. It has been designated by the Smithsonian Institute as the only ``visionary outdoor art environment'' in Utah. The garden is now a Salt Lake City park and open to the public all year.