Cheyenne Botanic Gardens : In The News


Young gardener wins award

Jack Espinoza with the support of his mother and grandmother, decided he would mix his summer Botanic Garden Community Garden plot with his upcoming 4th grade science fair assignment. Jack meticulously recorded the input costs of his community garden and the value of his harvest to determine if the output (vegetable harvest) would be worth the cost.

His conclusion was that gardening was indeed profitable. On top of that he received a blue ribbon at his school’s (Jessup) science fair. Now he moves onto the district science fair. Congrats and good luck Jack!

Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Prediction

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is out for 2012 – 2013 and it doesn’t look good for the Rocky Mountains, although Cheyenne is predicted to be “wet and mild.” We suppose that that is better than “dry.” Click here to view the map Here is where you can find out more about the Old Farmer’s Almanac: Click here

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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