Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Cheyenne

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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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  • September 23, 2017
    We were fortunate enough to have a pre-opening tour of the new atrium and event venue. Wow, this is a gorgeous design! The palms and tropical plants are so fun to see in Wyoming. I look forward to com...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    This new addition to the gardens is fabulous. It just opened a month ago and surly will be a fabulous addition to the city. There are meeting rooms, classrooms and even a bridal dressing room. It is s...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    I love flowers and succulents and was hoping to see some, but the garden was closed for construction, seems like they don't know that people visit in the summer, was sad that it was closed.  more »
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  • September 8, 2017
    This is a gem in the city of Cheyenne. The children's gardens are whimsical and inspiring. There are walks along the water, parks tucked in between, and meditation gardens worthy of lingering. The main botanic gardens are under construction, but even until they're open to the public, you will not be sorry you visited all that surrounds.
  • September 2, 2017
    A beautiful new addition to the recreation areas of Cheyenne. The building is spectacular on the inside and out, as well as beautiful plants on the inside and out. It already looks amazing, and I believe will be better yet once more plants are added.
  • August 19, 2017
    Absolutely amazing. If you haven't seen the new expansion, get over there. If you are visiting Cheyenne, it is a must see. A gem on the High Plains.
  • August 25, 2017
    Awesome spot for the kids. Stroller friendly and free! The gardens needed more signs, tough to find the rest of the grounds because of the construction.
  • October 2, 2017
    Beautiful new additions have been made to this. Love the periscope they have.

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