The Arboretum

The High Plains Arboretum is still in the beginning stages of development. This sixty-two acre public arboretum is located on the former historic USDA High Plains Horticulture Station, west of Warren Air Force Base. Many hardy trees, shrubs, and flowers were developed here for survival on the High Plains. These varieties are now being distributed to encourage the development of greener communities in this climate-challenged part of America.

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Future Plans

In 2000, the Friends of the High Plains Arboretum was formed. It operates as a sub-committee of the non-profit Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. The master plan, designed by noted landscape architect, Herb Schaal, received an award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. It envisions an interpretive center, pathways and trails, event spaces, parking, and more.

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A Brief History

The High Plains Arboretum is 62 acres of what was once woody plant research blocks as part of the 2,870 acre USDA Cheyenne High Plains Horticultural Research Station. From 1928 through the mid 1970’s the research station’s goals were to find, breed and release trees, shrubs and flowers that would survive in the challenging climate of the High Plains to further encourage settlement of the High Plains. With many successful plant introductions, it is one of the nation’s important historic horticultural sites.

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Help make Cheyenne green...

Part of Cheyenne Botanic Garden's mission is to help teach and promote sustainability: past, present, and future. Trees are an important part of our City's history and the gardens would like to encourage everyone to support organizations that help promote tree growth and care in our community.

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