Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains, before its abandonment in 1890. There the U.S. Army planted the very first vegetable garden in Wyoming there in 1880. In fact, the War Department in 1818 specified that soldiers “will annually cultivate a garden equal to supplying hospital and garrisons with the necessary kitchen vegetables throughout the year.”
The War Department stated that every commanding officer “will be held accountable for any deficiencies in the cultivation.” That would have been a tall order for the tough climate at Fort Laramie.
The Fort Laramie Strawberry, is named for Fort Laramie and is still available today for High Plains gardeners. It is one of the hardiest strawberries available for regional gardeners. It was developed in Cheyenne at the former High Plains Horticultural Research Station.
710 S. Lions Park Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82001
|The Greenhouse||Weekdays 8:00 – 4:30
Saturdays 11:00 – 3:30
|Closed Sundays & Holidays
(except during Glass Art Show)
|The Grounds||Always open from dawn to dusk|
|Tue. - Sat.
| 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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