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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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  • I went to the gardens across from the Frontier Days Museum and was surprised at the poor condition of the area - lots of dead plants and not much to see. There was a nice lake where people were kayaki...  more »
  • We visited here as we seriously found a lack of things to do in Cheyenne as a visitor. This was disappointing largely due to the serious lack of up-keep and general gardening. Most trees were covered ...  more »
  • We visited in late August 2016. The Gardens is being enlarged and there is a lot of construction in process. It is due for completion in October 2016. The Children's Garden is wonderful, with lots of ...  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.