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Remember how Melinda featured Gilgal Sculpture Garden on Studio5? Brittney is here to tell you a little more, from her adventure.

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of a city can be overwhelming. The energy of Salt Lake City is always great but sometimes a quiet little oasis is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re in need of a quiet and calm retreat, let me suggest Gilgal Sculpture Garden.

Gilgal Garden is quietly tucked between two houses right in the middle of town. It’s just off 7th East and 500 S in Salt Lake. I had my GPS guide me right to it but up until the moment I saw the Gilgal gate, I wondered if I was headed in the right direction. I felt like I was headed to meet a friend at their house for a playdate. And I think that’s the just the vibe Gilgal Garden is wants to have.

Gilgal feels like the backyard of someone who has an incredible imagination and an incredible grounds keeper! After visiting the park, I looked up a little more information and found it rather fascinating. The garden was envisioned, designed and created by a man named Thomas Battersby Child Jr. in the mid-twentieth century. He hoped his garden would inspire others to ponder the unsolved mysteries of life. Child welcomed thousands of visitors to Gilgal Garden during his lifetime. The welcoming spirit of Child is still felt at the garden today.

Gilgal Garden has 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with various scriptures, poems and inspiring words.

I love how this garden can be enjoyed in so many different ways.

My 3 year old, who is practicing her counting, loved counting each stone as she jumped on them.

The garden gave me the opportunity to teach my little girl some new vocabulary, too. She was especially interested in the Beehive and Sphinx.

Gilgal Garden is full of beautiful, large trees. It’s the perfect spot for a shaded picnic lunch.

There are also little trails behind the trees that allow your kids to explore freely.

One of my favorite spots was this cute little reading bench. It’s placed perfectly under large trees and provides a great spot for reading and pondering.

Gilgal garden is the perfect little retreat. We loved the peaceful atmosphere and would suggest it to anyone.

Check out our past post here.

October - March 9 AM to 5 PM.
April - September 8 AM to 8 PM
Entrance Fee(s)
Helpful Tips
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Water
  • Donations Accepted
  • Good place for a quiet picnic in a strange little garden.

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