Burton’s childhood might inform us as to why he spends his days awash in a sea of soft green south-Asian plants. He spent his youth on a farm on the upper Colorado Plateau in the Uinta Basin, surrounded by sagebrush and rocks.
“I’d go to town and people would have lovely green lawns,” recalls Burton, “We’d come to Salt Lake and it would be a green oasis, beautiful.”
However, when he looked out from his front window it was nothing but a field full of sagebrush. Eventually it was too much.
“I was ten years old, I looked east out of my front window and there was a big field full of sage brush,” says Burton, “I am sick and tired of this, I’m going to have a lawn.”
Burton dug up the sagebrush and planted grass. He created his lawn, his green space. He’s been creating green spaces ever since.
Hosta House was decades in the making, and for anyone born and raised in the arid Utah climate seeing what Burton has created is truly refreshing.
“Hot colors means hot climate,” says Burton. Ask him about sustainability and he will probably tell you his idea of green therapy. The soft greens and yellows of Hosta House provides a welcome dose of that therapy for anyone lucky enough to visit.
“There’s something about hostas that are magic,” says Burton, “People love them.”