Monthly Archives: July 2012

7-22-12 “Botanic Gardens needs renovation, expansion, director says”

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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Summer photos from the Gardens

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Flowers by the lily pond

Community Garden

Indian Paintbrush – the State flower of Wyoming in full bloom in the 1700s Plaza

07-20-12 Cheyenne ranked family-friendly

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.

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Waterspouts need pruning

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!

Shakespeare with a side of rain

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!

Cut Flowers From the Garden

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…)

New Sod Wall in Village

As a part of the As a part of the Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Summer of Power

New sod wall creature arrives in the Village

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…)

“Cheyenne Spirit” name of award-winning flower

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…)