Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Hours & Location:
Hours: The grounds of the Cheyenne Gardens are open all year long from dawn to dusk. The Garden Conservatory is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm, and Saturday 11:00am-3:30pm. Admission to the Gardens is FREE!!
Contact Info: The Cheyenne Gardens is located at 710 S. Lions Park Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82001 - Phone: 307-637-6458
Key Gardens at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens:
Boy Scout House: Troop 101 of the local Boy Scouts occupies a house right next to the Botanic Gardens. From here they regularly help out the Gardens by performing various jobs throughout the grounds. Scouts have worked on various projects as part of their Eagle Scout program. Among the work this troop has helped perform includes building the Sensory Garden, the Xeriscape, the Compost Area, as well as steps and retaining walls in the South Community Garden.
Cactus Garden: The Cactus Garden of Cheyenne Botanic Gardens was planted in 1994 by one of the Garden’s volunteers, Harry Dubas. This extensive collection was planted along the southeastern corner of the Graden’s parking lot.
Children's Garden: This garden sits on three-quarters of an acre and is filled with many interactive exhibits that encourage children to play and learn about nature and the world around them. Among the many things for kids to do here, they can explore the natural wetlands, play on a historic sheep wagon, visit a Secret Garden, a farmer’s windmill, arts and crafts plaza, tipi village, and much more!
City Reservoir Historic Marker: This rock wall was once part of an early water reservoir for the city of Cheyenne. Originally built in the late 1800’s, the water came across by way of a wooden pipe from the USDA Research Station and Warren Air Force Base. The wooden structure rotted away in the early 1900’s and was eventually filled with dirt when the reservoir became obsolete. The Cheyenne Gardens eventually exposed part of the rock wall in 1989 as part of a landscape design.
Educational Areas at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens:
Compost Area: Composting is a fantastic resource for gardeners to use at their own homes. It is estimated that one quarter of the average household’s waste comes from their yard! This valuable resource is so often wasted. Visitors to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens can learn valuable lessons in composting in this area. Take advantage of this natural resource today!
Community Garden South: This area of the Gardens is planted and maintained entirely by local volunteers from the community. This garden, planted on the grounds of the old Cheyenne reservoir, was designed to be wheelchair accessible. This garden offers surplus food to its senior citizen volunteers and provides cut flowers through the summer months.
Cottage Garden: This garden is one of the most eclectic areas in the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Created by two interns in 1999, the Cottage Garden combines delightful elements of annuals, perennials, roses, shrubs, and tropical plants, both sunny and shade loving varieties.
Dry Streambed: This landscaped streambed offers an interesting exhibit that span all four seasons. In the winter the evergreens and dogwoods provide color and texture in the winter months. The blooming irises welcome spring while ornamental grasses sage, sedums, and mountain native mahogany bring the streambed to life through the warmer months. In the future, the CBG plans to convert this dry streambed into a running water feature.
Glade & Summer Performance Area: This glade in the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens connects the Peace Garden with the Discovery Pond, and is a favorite among the many garden regulars. This glade also serves as the site for the Garden’s free Summer performance programs.
Horticultural Therapy in the Gardens: Over 90% of the work performed at the Gardens is provided by at risk youth, senior citizens, or people with disabilities. Gardening has long been proven to provide a wonderful therapeutic exercise, so while the volunteers receive this valuable benefit for offering their time at the CBG, the Gardens also get maintained in the process.
Reckling Herb Garden: This exceptional herb garden is a combination of both medicinal herbs and culinary herbs. Guests to the garden are invited to rub the leaves to experience the varying aromas of the different plants. This garden showcases the importance and history of herbs that we commonly use in our everyday lives.
Unique Features at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens:
Garden Labyrinth: The labyrinth at the Cheyenne Gardens first began in the 1990’s as a small path cut into the grass. The labyrinth gained such popularity with visitors that the Gardens set forth a project to build a larger exhibit that would be a permanent edition. Two years later the new brick and stone labyrinth was complete and dedicated, and it is now a means of peaceful contemplation for all those who walk it.
Old West Museum: The Cheyenne Old West Museum is one of Wyoming’s most favored exhibits and it sits adjacent to the Garden grounds. Visitors will experience the romance, drama, and vitality of life back in the old West, set in the early days of the Railroad and cattle industry.
Historic Locomotive: Old Sadie is one of the oldest locomotives that is still intact from the original Union Pacific fleet. Built in 1890, this locomotive now calls the Cheyenne Gardens home.
Women’s Civic League Peace Garden: This amazing garden has been honored by being inducted into the international Gardens for Peace. The garden is formed into a V shaped planting area that is surrounded by groups of trees and offers a quiet place of peace and serenity for those who visit. The potted plants, elegantly styled beds, and stones carved with inspirational quotes accent the garden.
Other Points of Interest at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens:
Perennial Border: This ever changing garden at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens provides gardeners with many useful ideas that they can take back to their gardens at home. The plants in this border begin blooming in April and continue the show into November.
Bedont Rose Garden
Rotary Century 1700s Plaza
Rotary Century 1800s Plaza
Rotary Century 1900s Plaza
Sensory Garden & Gazebo
Horseshoe Arch Entryway
Horseshoe Arch Sculpture
Community Garden North
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