Cheyenne Botanic Gardens : Botanic Gardens


New hours for Paul Smith Children’s Village

P1010900 250x187 New hours for Paul Smith Childrens VillageWith 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
Closed Monday

Walk as one at 1:00

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  Walk as one at 1:00over 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.

Frequently asked questions -

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.

Read more about the proposal here

Housing needed for Summer Interns

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens has a long tradition of employing college interns who come from out of town for the summer to work and learn about working in a public garden.  Housing needed for Summer Interns

These students have gone on to become public garden professionals, run commercial nurseries, college professors, market farmers and horticultural therapists.

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Visit the tropics for free!

If you need a preview of summer, plan to visit the tropical Cheyenne Botanic Gardens solar greenhouse. Over 50,000 bedding plants are being sown by volunteers for outside flower beds around on the Botanic Garden grounds and around Cheyenne’s parks, Depot square and parkways.

The Greenhouse is at 710 S. Lions Park Dr. in Lions Park
Weekdays 8:00 – 4:30
Saturdays 11:00 – 3:30
Closed Sundays & Holidays

Admission is always free!

GreenhouseInBloom Visit the tropics for free!

Botanic Garden greenhouse in full bloom

 

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