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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  • Beautiful new building! Conservatory outstanding, Orangeiree (sp) a pure treat, classroom great, bridal room a must. Overall isn't one of Cheyenne's best locations. Free to public!! Available for priv...  more »
  • We visited Cheyenne Botanic Gardens while in Wyoming for Thanksgiving. The flowers and plants were beautiful. On the second floor of the gardens was a periscope. A former Navy man had an idea to put i...  more »
  • I was fortunate enough to visit Cheyenne right after they opened the remodeled gardens! This is such a wonderful addition to Lions Park! Very educational as well!  more »
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  • I have only managed to come to the updated facilities once, but it was so much fun. They offer a lot of different activities and plants. I can see they are still in the process of expanding, but we are so lucky here in Cheyenne to have such a cool garden, plus it is free!
  • The redone building is a very beautiful place. They’re planning to put a lot more in, but it’s already the perfect place to go for Wyoming’s terribly long winter season. I’d definitely recommend coming here for their lovely fairy gardens, different biomes, and amazing features.
  • If you visit please don't miss the periscope, it's amazing. Great sharing opportunity with retired veterans. The gardens area is filled with gorgeous plantings...a wonderful experience for children and adults alike.
  • Great place for the whole family. Newly added conservatory is amazing. Cheyenne I'd lucky to have this treasure.
  • Not really a whole lot there at this time. I do look forward to how they expand and grow their collection of different botanical items.

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