Spring Flowers at the LDS Temple

dwarf irisIn response to the lovely weather we had a few weeks ago, spring flowers have begun popping up all over Salt Lake.  Crocuses, dwarf irises, and daffodils are some of the earliest spring flowers, and I've seen plenty in the neighborhoods and downtown.  Soon enough we'll also start seeing my personal favorites: tulips.

The LDS Temple in downtown Salt Lake boasts one of the most awe-inspiring displays of tulips in Salt Lake.  Depending on the year thousands of tulips begin to bloom in Temple Square Gardens from late April to early May.

Overseen by Eldon Cannon, ground services manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hundreds of  volunteers painstakingly remove each bulb  and re-plant them every year.  Their hard work is always rewarded with a brilliant display of gorgeous tulips in hues of pink, white, yellow, purple and orange.

Though the tulips at Temple Square undoubtedly steal the show, daffodils, pansies, forget-me-nots, English daisies, and Iceland poppies play lovely supporting roles.

So if you're a visiting Salt Lake during Spring or a resident who has never seen the tulips at Temple Square Gardens, I highly recommend spending some time this Spring in the idyllic gardens.

--LDS Temple photo by Keith Johnson for the Deseret News