Most People Don’t Know This Surreal Garden In Utah Even Exists
I’ve lived in Utah my entire life, but I only found out about Gilgal Garden a few years ago. It’s very hidden—tucked into the backyard of an unassuming little house of a quiet Salt Lake City neighborhood. When I visited the Garden, I found it both creepy and interesting.
Gilgal Garden is the work of Thomas Child, a masonry contractor, community leader and LDS Bishop. He began working on his collection in 1954 and continued until his death in 1963. The 12 sculptures and over 70 engraved stones he placed in his backyard each express his spiritual beliefs in some way.
You can visit Gilgal Garden seven days a week (it’s closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day). It’s located at 749 E. 500 S. in Salt Lake City. Admission is free.
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You can take a video tour of the entire garden here:
What do you think? Is Gilgal Garden an inspired artistic vision of LDS Church teachings, or just a strange collection of work by an eccentric guy? Have you ever visited the garden? I’d love to read your comments!
Writer, editor and researcher with a passion for exploring new places. Catherine loves local bookstores, independent films, and spending time with her family, including Gus the golden retriever, who is a very good boy.
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