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Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Cheyenne

(4.2/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens are located in Lions Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with an associated High Plains Arboretum located five miles northwest of Cheyenne at an elevation of 6200ft. The gardens began as a vision in 1977 to build a non-profit, solar heated greenhouse. Today, the 6,800 square foot conservatory consists of three greenhouses. The first is filled with tropical plants, herb and cacti gardens, and a waterfall pond filled with Koi fish. The second is used primarily for growing vegetables, with beds of lettuce, onions, cabbages, broccoli, carrots, etc. The third is focused on propagation of bedding plants and flowers for the botanic garden grounds and all flowers for the Cheyenne park system. Outside are many gardens featuring perennials, annuals, wildflowers, roses, herbs, and cacti.The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens in Cheyenne must deal with one of the more harsh climates in the lower 48 states. Cheyenne ranks #1 in average hail storms, 4th in daily average wind speed, has the least amount of days with winter snow cover compared with other cities on the central front range of the Rocky Mountains, sits at 6,000 ft. elevation which causes cooler nights making it more difficult to get plants to mature. Cheyenne also has unpredictable late spring and early fall frosts.The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens has one of the highest volunteer-to-staff ratios of any botanical garden: Over 90% of the physical labor is provided by senior, youth and handicapped volunteers. Applied horticultural therapy is a part of everyday activity at the botanic garden.The conservatory is 100% solar heated and 50 percent of the conservatory's electricity is also powered by the sun. They are the United States Intermountain West's oldest and one of the largest public demonstration sites for renewable energy.
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  • Cheyenne Botanic Garden is one of my favorite places to go to relax and meditate. I love the quotes on the sidewalks, the track about what we used to call "peanut pond" maze with finger labyrinths on the seats.
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  • Came en route to the Central proximity to I-25 heading to Denver is about 3 km away from the city centre. Nice and free facilities is the wonderfully landscaped gardens. Drive and parking, not crowded, so relaxing, pampering, but it is recommended.
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  • Actually, this rating is in anticipation of the new conservatory, which is to open in 2017. Other than a few flower beds and a wetlands pond and boardwalk near the old visitor’s center, there really w...  more »
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  • Great gem for the city of Cheyenne. They are doing a big expansion and can't wait to see the finished project! The attached children's garden is so nice with lots to do for the little ones. They even have classes/activities for them in the activity building. Well done!
  • I had no idea there was a botanical garden in Cheyenne. It was fabulous, loved the children's garden, I don't even have kids. They are constructing a new beautiful building, so there is a little mess. But it is fabulous and take the time to go. So relaxing.
  • The new conservatory, opening Spring of 2017, will be an unbelievable attraction for those who love plants and everything plant-related. The current conservatory is well worth visiting as well. The Children's Garden is quite an amazing place also.
  • Gorgeous, well kept gardens. Can't wait to see the new addition.
  • Fun, quaint place in Cheyenne's best park.