Monthly Archives: September 2012

New Bonsai Trees on Display

Thanks to a loan from local bonsai enthusiasts, Bob and Joan Schick, there are many new bonsai on display at the Botanic Gardens Greenhouse. You can see both evergreen and tropical leafy plants on display in the center greenhouse.

If you have an interest in bonsai, check out the new bonsai club that meets on the second Saturday of each month, 9:00 AM at the Paul Smith Children’s Village classroom. It is free and open to any and all abilities. For more information call 307-637-6349.

Frost Action Plan

If you want to protect your garden follow these tips
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1) These crops need no extra covering or protection unless the temperature goes down to the low 20’s F.: any leafy or root crops such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, turnips. Also crops like peas, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower will survive light frosts and actually may become sweeter. Continue to harvest into the fall as long as possible.

2) These plants need protection: fruiting crops such as tomatoes, peppers or squash. Other crops susceptible to light frost include the beans, herb basil, and most annual ornamental plants. Perennials are usually fine in a light frost.

3) Frost usually (but not always) occurs on cloudless nights when high pressure moves in. When there is moisture in the air the first frost is less likely (but you never know!).

4) Use a blanket or plastic sheet to protect plants from a light frost but anchor the covering with a brick or rock to prevent it from blowing off.


Bulb Sale

Are you tired of planting bulbs that fizzle out after only a year or two? Not all spring bulbs are created equal! Fall is the time to plant spring bulbs for a great spring flower show.

The Laramie County Master Gardeners are holding a Fall bulb sale featuring hardy perennial spring bulbs. All bulbs being sold are known to thrive and multiply in Cheyenne!
Drop by and get a bulb order form at the Laramie County Cooperative Extension Office at 310 West 19th Street, Suite 100, or e-mail for a fillable pdf version of the bulb order form.
Orders must be in by September 27th!

High Plains Grape Research

Researchers at the University of Nebraska have been testing grapes in Scottsbluff for 10 years. They have identified the following varieties for having good yield and hardiness potential: Frontenac, Valiant, Leon Millot, Marechal Foch, Elvira and deChaunac.

While Scottsbluff is a bit milder than most of Wyoming’s cities it still may be good to consider these varieties for Wyoming’s High Plains.

Gardens passes in optional sales tax vote

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens was recently on the Laramie County ballot to fund major greenhouse renovations and construct a new greenhouse/conservatory.


Paul Smith Children’s Village open hours change

During the public school year, September through May, the Paul Smith Children’s Village hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Closed on Monday.  Be sure to check our calendar of events for updated daily activities.

Grow Tomatillos

Tomatillos are a cousin to tomatoes. Tomatillo fruit are treasured as an essential ingredient in making authentic green salsa. They produce fruit ranging from a large marble to golf ball size inside a papery husk. They grow best in full sun and in a warm spot and can be treated in a similar manner as tomatoes.

When ripe the husk turns tan and the fruit may or may not change color from green to pale yellow. For best storage leave the husks on until you are ready to use. They need to pollinate each other for best fruit set so always grow more than a few plants.