Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle
By Josh Mitchell
CHEYENNE — Botanic Gardens Director Shane Smith flips through a guestbook that has been signed by people from across the country. “It’s a great thing that a small town like Cheyenne has a botanic gardens,” Smith says.
But to preserve the asset, a $16 million renovation and expansion project (Proposition No. 4) needs to be approved on the Aug. 21 sixth-penny sales tax ballot, Smith said.
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Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle
By James Chilton
Cheyenne was ranked 5th best in America out of 100 cities in which to raise a family by Parenting magazine. The article pointed out that rankings were influenced by “access to alternative education outlets.”
Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen said in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle article, ““We also look at our Botanical Gardens, which are continuing to grow. And part of that, too, is our Children’s Village, which is a huge, huge asset, not only for children but adults as well.”
Kaysen added that while the city’s low crime and unemployment are the “spokes in the wheel” of Cheyenne’s quality of living, it is the city’s ability to foster public-private partnerships for improvement projects that have helped to solidify the city’s sense of community.
The Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Garden is one of the best examples of a excellent public/private partnership.
Suckers, also known as “water sprouts,” are notorious for sprouting from the base and crotches of some trees. They grow fast and straight. These succulent shoots are more susceptible to disease and insects. Prune these suckers on a regular basis. They occur most frequently on Canada Red Cherry, crab apples, and many other trees. Over-fertilization may trigger the production of sprouts.
Don’t give these suckers a break!
The Little Critters Mobile Petting Zoo is set up adjacent to the Botanic Gardens Greenhouse.
For a small fee you can pet all kinds of wonderful critters. In honor of the County fair it has been held over and will be open from 10 am to 6 pm through August 12th. The Llama hums a great tune.
For more information call 307−286−6620
It is cantaloupe season in the markets, and the price is wonderfully low, while the quality is high. To get a ripe one, only select those with a healthy golden or orange color under the netting (not green).
Also look for a nice, rounded, smooth crater where the vine was once attached. If you see any trace of the vine remaining in the crater, don’t buy it as it was harvested before its prime.
Always thoroughly wash the fruit before you slice into it to prevent the growth of bad bugs in the flesh of the fruit.
We had a great crowd at Shakespeare performance on July 7th, that was thinned somewhat by rain but the show went on. Special thanks to Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power, Holiday Inn and Davis and Cannon attorneys, LLC, for a great performance! The Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company rocks and they are rainproof too!
One of the joys of having a flower garden is cutting your own bouquets. When you look at the price of store bought bouquets a cutting garden can also save you lots of money.
There are many great choices for cut flowers for the High Plains including dahlias, sweet peas, zinnias, snapdragons, sunflowers, black-eyed Susan’s, lilies, daisies, roses, and gladiolas. Cut flowers last longer if you harvest them in the morning and cut the stem at a slant. For hollow stemmed flowers, hold the flower up side down and fill the stem with water. Flowers with milky sap are best preserved if burnt at the cut end before placing in a vase of water. Roses are best cut as soon as a second petal unfurls. (more…)
As a part of the As a part of the Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Summer of Power
series the public was recently invited to the Paul Smith Children’s Village to construct a sod wall. In this region that lacked forests on the High Plains, sod homes were commonplace. The workers at the Village have taken sod walls to a whole new place. A place of friendly creatures. The wall will be up for the remainder of the summer. Special thanks to Landscape Architect, Mark Kosmos for his assistance in working on the wall. (more…)
Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’
AAS Flower Award Winner
All-America Selections (AAS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1932 to test new flowers and vegetables for home gardening.
This stunning first-year flowering echinacea wins the AAS award and captures the spirit of the North American plains by producing a delightful mix of flower colors from rich purple, pink, red and orange tones to lighter yellows, creams and white. (more…)