with Tom Throgmorton
This Sat. Jan. 19, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Cottonwood Room, Laramie Co. Library
Tickets: Price: $15.00
Purchase tickets online at brownpapertickets.com, type in keyword “Gardening with Altitude,” or purchase at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens (cash or check only). Tickets likely available at the door unless we sell out prior.
You don’t need acreage to grow your own food. You can put vegetables on the table using your patio, small raised beds, and containers to grow produce.
Tom Throgmorton, a Cheyenne native, is the former Assistant Director of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, former nurseryman and is is well known in the area for offering gardening advice on the weekly radio spot “Garden Reports” on KUNC-FM. He is the owner of the gardening and landscape company, “Throgmorton Plant Management.”
Tom has lectured extensively in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Presented by Laramie County Master Gardeners and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
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.
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.
For more information contact:
Darcee at 307−637−6458
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This is a great time of year to take advantage of sales at your local garden centers!Show your Cheyenne Botanic Gardens membership card and receive a 10% discount on non-sale items at:
2120 E. Lincolnway, Cheyenne, WY 82001
Murdoch’s (garden related items only)
3773 E. Lincolnway, Cheyenne WY 82001
Fort Collins Nursery
2121 East Mulberry, Fort Collins, Colorado
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With school out and longer days of Summer we are please to provide longer hours in which you can enjoy the Paul Smith Children’s Village. Being open longer into the evening on Tuesdays allows for families to also take advantage of the free Movies in the Park after sunset at the Lions Park– Brimmer Amphitheater.
Tuesday and Saturday – 10 – 7
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 9 – 5
Sunday – 10 – 4
World Labyrinth Day
Walk as One at 1:00 May 5th, 2012
at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Labyrinth
World Labyrinth Day is a day that brings people together from all over the planet in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol, a tool, a passion or a practice. The Garden Labyrinth, located at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, will celebrate Walk as One at 1. Gather at 12:30pm on May 5th at the Botanic Garden’s Peace Garden to learn more prior to the 1:00 pm walk.
FAQ’s about the proposed renovation and expansion of the Botanic Gardens Greenhouse
Q. If the vote passes, will my taxes go up?
A. No. This tax has been part of our county’s revenue for many decades.
Q. What happens if it doesn’t pass on August 21st?
A. The greenhouse, at taxpayers added expense, will still be required to accommodate the handicapped standards as grandfathering is no longer allowed. The greenhouse will still have to widen aisles (causing the greenhouse to grow 40% fewer plants), add an elevator and expand the restrooms. The Botanic Gardens grounds and city plantings will forever be reduced by 40%.
The greenhouse will still need major repairs and renovation will likely be shutdown for a year while repairs occur. This risks the loss of many volunteers, and a year without cultivated grounds or city flower beds being planted. Expansion will not occur.
Q. If it doesn’t pass on August 21st what happens to the $750,000 renovation and expansion design and construction drawings that voters approved back in the 2008 6th penny.
A. Sadly, the design and construction drawings will basically go into the trash.
Q. $16 million seems like a lot of money
A. $12 million is for construction of both renovation and expansion of a greenhouse addition
$2 million is for safety improvements Lions Park roads, intersections and sidewalks.
Another $2 million covers future operational costs for up to 10 years.
The expense of the greenhouse construction is high because the renovated greenhouse and the new greenhouse expansion will both be solar heated and cooled with renewable energy. While this type of energy is more expensive to build, it is much cheaper to operate. Also the building must be waterproof and immune to effects of humidity and condensation. Finally, construction costs have sharply risen while the dollar has lost 40% of its value since 2004.
Q. Is it a menu style ballot with the Greenhouse by itself?
A. Yes. You can vote for none, some or all of the projects on the ballot.
Q. Why not just renovate? Why is expansion needed?
A. Expansion makes up for the 40% loss of growing space that would occur when the old greenhouse gets widen aisles for handicapped access. Additional space has been added to the expanded greenhouse to allow for future needs and because the greenhouse can’t meet current requests for city flower plantings.
Expansion also creates revenue generating spaces including a museum store and plant-filled public spaces for weddings, conferences, meetings, retreats and classes. This revenue greatly lessens the need for taxpayers dollars for the future operation of Botanic Gardens.
Expansion also provides space for an educational exhibit featuring a real Navy Submarine Periscope along with microscopes and telescopes enhancing the Gardens role as the community science center.