Cheyenne Botanic Gardens : In The News


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.

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Botanic Gardens 2012 Ballot Proposal

Note: this proposal was passed by the voters on August 21, 2012 by a 56% margin.
Thank you Cheyenne and Laramie County!!!!
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08−22−12 Botanic Gardens ballot initiative passes

Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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A $16 million renovation and expansion to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens will go forward, thanks to voters’ approval of the project.  Botanic Gardens Director Shane Smith said, “We feel really wonderful.” The renovation and expansion project will ensure that future generations can enjoy the Botanic Gardens, he added.  “I think it will be a big contributor to Cheyenne’s quality of life,” Smith said.  Voters approved it by a margin of 56% (12,091 vote) to 44% (9.579 votes).  The Botanic Gardens project will also help make the facility more of an education center for children, Smith said, adding that it will have a Navy submarine periscope installed.

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08-​​14-​​2012 Wyoming Tribune Eagle endorses Gardens

“Vote “yes” to move Gardens forward
Opinion in Wyoming Tribune Eagle

“Cheyenne’s Botanic Gardens are at a crossroads.
The people of Laramie County can launch this facility into a brighter, more exciting future, or they can watch it shrink before their very eyes. Given present circumstances, there is no standing still.
Because of that, the WTE editorial board recommends that residents vote “yes” on Proposition No. 4 on the sixth-​​penny sales tax ballot on Aug. 21.”
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8−7−12 Cheyenne Herald endorses Gardens

Recommendations of the Cheyenne Herald:
August 7th edition.
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08−03−12 KGWN-​​TV Botanic Gardens Seek Sixth Penny Funding

KGWN-​​TV CBS-​​5 News Story
By Jenna Browder

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is vying for $16 million of the sixth penny sales tax.
In less than three weeks voters will fill out their ballots in Laramie County. One of the biggest decisions they’ll have to make is to support part, all or none of the sixth penny sales tax.               See video here

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

Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle
By Josh Mitchell
jmitchell@​wyomingnews.​com

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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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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Shakespeare with a side of rain

P1040734 700x525 Shakespeare with a side of rainWe 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!P1040724 700x525 Shakespeare with a side of rain

New Sod Wall in Village

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

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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…)

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