The underlying theme of the Paul Smith Children’s Village will be sustainability. To that end the project will be working to get platinum LEEDS certification. The classroom building and the site will be powered by both wind and solar photovoltaic panels. Recently the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens in a partnership with Laramie County Community College set up a new wind generator.
“This partnership with the LCCC Wind Energy Technician Program is the perfect kickoff for a project that will be a great educational resource in the region,” said Cheyenne Botanic Gardens director Shane Smith. Suncor Energy provided the funding needed to purchase the wind turbine.
The turbine is manufactured by Windspire Energy and the model is a “Windspire.” The Paul Smith Children’s Village is set to open mid summer of 2010.
Gardens Featured in Zone 4 Magazine.
“Zone 4” is a new regional magazine for people who garden in, you guessed it, zone 4. The magazine is focused on zone 4 in the “high country west.” Our horticulturist, Sue Whetten, recently wrote an article that talks about the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Check out this new regional gardening magazine!
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The Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Foundation has named the Children’s Village for the late Paul Smith, in honor of his long time support of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.
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The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is recycling furniture and other office equipment from the old St. Mary’s School to be used in the new Lowe’s Discovery Lab/Classroom at the Children’s Village.
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Article in national magazine
The magazine Landscape Architect and Specifier News in its December 08 issue featured the design process of the new Children’s Garden under construction during winter of 2008-09. The article is titled “Children’s Garden Offers Lessons in Sustainability”
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Article in Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
On Tuesday, May 8, 2008 Cheyenne Voters approved a penny tax that included $750,000 for the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens which will go towards planning, engineering and designs for repairs, renovations and expansion of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Conservatory.
The total cost of construction today would be $10,000,000. Funds for construction are anticipated to come from City of Cheyenne lands sales.
Shane Smith, Director of the Gardens said , “After 30 years of existence, we’re proud and honored. This is our first ballot issue. It’s confirmation we’ve been doing the right thing for 30 years – doing more with less and always trying to be frugal.”
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The Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens announced that it has reached its goal towards the goal of privately funding all construction costs for the new Children’s Village.
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For over 8 years the Friends of the High Plains Arboretum has been working to make this arboretum a reality. The Friends of the High Plains Arboretum is a subcommittee of the Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. With help from the Friends of the High Plains Arboretum, the USDA and the city of Cheyenne entered into an agreement that returns 62 acres of land from a USDA lease back to the control of Cheyenne. This acreage will be the basis of the future High Plains Arboretum and will be operated by the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens with assistance from the City of Cheyenne Urban Forestry division. The arboretum is about five miles northwest of downtown Cheyenne.
High Plains Arboretum agreement reached.
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The Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture (CCASLA) announced that it has given a merit award to landscape architect, Herb Schaal for his design of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Children’s Garden.
Schaal is with the landscape architectural firm of EDAW and works out of their Fort Collins office. Schaal has received over 50 state and national awards for his work that focuses primarily on landscape designs for public gardens as well as restorative gardens and landscapes adjacent to national park infrastructure. EDAW is the largest landscape architecture firm in the world (with offices all over the world) and Schaal is EDAW’s most highly awarded landscape architect. In addition, Schaal is the recipient of more state and national awards than any other landscape architect in the Rocky Mountain region.
The Cheyenne Children’s Garden, as with all Cheyenne Botanic Garden landscapes, is being privately funded by donations, with construction set to begin in 2008. The Botanic Gardens fundraising effort is three-quarters of the way towards its goal of raising $1.3 million. “We are proud to have one of the world’s top landscape architects creating an award-winning design for our community and we look forward to more recognition of this unique garden after it is built,” said Shane Smith, Director of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.
For more information on the Children’s Garden please visit www.botanic.org or call 307−637−6458.
A sculpture of noted horticulturist Gene Howard was recently dedicated at in the Rotary Century Plazas. The Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens commissioned Guadalupe Barajas to do the bronze. Barajas is well known for capturing both the look and the spirit of his subjects. The sculpture depicts the late Gene Howard (former Director of the Cheyenne High Plains Horticulture Research Station) kneeling down on one knee with a plant in one hand and a hand lens in another in a teaching pose. The pose is perfect because Gene was always teaching people about plants.