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.
Wed. June 21st, Summer Solstice 2006. Mayor Jack Spiker dedicates new Garden Labyrinth and Moon Arbor entryway. Labyrinth committee Chair, Vanda Edington assists the Mayor with ribbon cutting.
The new landscape was paid for without any tax dollars as funding was provided by donations, tributes and memorials. A major grant in memory of former first lady Roberta ‘Bobby’ Hathaway, made the Garden Labyrinth possible. The moon arch is dedicated to the memory of Edvina Wiederspahn.
There are still opportunities to have pavers and quote stones personalized. Contact Trudy Fox for more information at 307−637−6458.