Cheyenne Botanic Gardens : In The News

Rabbit Sculpture lands in Village

A new sculpture made its debut today in the Paul Smith Children’s Village. It is a 6′ tall rabbit inspired from Alice in Wonderland and is titled “Late Again.” The sculpture was created by noted local artist Guadaloupe Barajas. It was a gift made in loving memory to A. J. “Tony” and E. L. “Jib,” Allegretti by Dan and Leah Allegretti.

Sculptor, Guadaloupe Barajas and Mason, Jim Johnson setting the new sculpture into the Village

“This is a wonderful gift to the Botanic Gardens Children’s Village, as it brings to life Alice in Wonderland which is celebrated each year during the Garden’s annual Mad Hatter Tea Party event, set to occur in early September. It is a great combination of whimsy and imagination and this sculpture will be treasured by generations to come. We are grateful for this gift and the excellent craftsmanship of Mr. Barajas,” said Shane Smith, Director of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.

Smith receives 2nd national award this year

The National Garden Clubs Inc.  has announced that CBG Director, Shane Smith, has been honored their national “Award of Excellence.” National Garden Clubs is recognized as the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. According to National Garden Clubs Inc. “the Award of Excellence program annually recognizes individuals, organizations or institutions that have made significant contributions to their communities in such areas as environmental and civic responsibility, conservation, beautification and promoting the love of gardening,”

Upon receiving this award, Smith stated To receive two national awards this year is a real surprise and honor. This exemplifies the fact that the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is on the national radar as a landmark and something that the people of Cheyenne can be proud of especially because unlike other botanic gardens, ours is a project that is essentially handmade by volunteers. I see it as a tribute to this community and my small but incredible staff as well as a supportive City government.” Smith previously received the American Horticulture Society’s “Professional Award” as part of their overall Great American Gardener Awards for 2012.


Water line replacement at Gardens

If you have strolled the grounds of the Botanic Gardens in the past few days you probably noticed a lot of construction. The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) is replacing water lines that traverse the grounds of the Botanic Gardens and Lions Park.

Much of the work includes pulling a new line through the ground rather than trenching. We are told that the work will be completed before June.

Director receives national award

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) has recently announced that Director, Shane Smith is a recipient of one of their 2012 Great American Gardeners Awards. According to the AHS, Smith has been honored with the Professional Award, which honors a “public garden administrator whose achievements during the course of his or her career have cultivated widespread interest in horticulture.” (more…)

Article in NYT on Garden Apps

Visit this link to the New York Times web site for an interesting article about new apps to help you garden and do your own landscaping.

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2012 Glass Art Celebration Winners

Best of Show: ‘Mosaic Guitar’ by Portia McCreery

Artist Choice: ‘Brook Trout’ by Joan Millhollin

People’s Choice: Brook Trout’ by Joan Millhollin

Kid’s Choice:Soar’ by Layne Sheridan


02-29-12 Sixth-penny project list finalized

Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
By Josh Mitchel
It is now official! The Botanic Gardens renovation, expansion and S. Lions Park safety road improvements will be on the ballot on August 21, 2012.
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Click here to view the Botanic Gardens 6th penny proposal brochure.

02-08-12 “Sixth penny list nears completion”

Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
By Josh Mitchell
It appears the Botanic Garden is solidly on the ballot. The Cheyenne Recreation Center is back on the list. Ballot grouping was also discussed.
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02-03-12 “Rec center back on 6th-penny project list”

Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle. by Josh Mitchell
Botanic Gardens is on the City of Cheyenne’s list that goes to the county-wide super committee.
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01-27-12 “Sixth-penny ballot slashed nearly in half”

Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Committee cuts list of projects to $105 million, saying it was too much. Now the city needs to  prioritize its projects.
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Mentioned.
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