The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens: A Surprising ParadisePosted May 29, 2018 in the TAP Into Travel Blog
The dry and notoriously windy climate of Wyoming means that the plant life is often highly specialized and not everything thrives. Not surprisingly, it’s this arid, High Plains environment that makes the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens that much more of a…well, surprise. Remarkable for its beauty, dedication to sustainability, and community involvement, the Gardens offer many opportunities to discover, learn, or simply relax.
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
Just a few minutes north of downtown Cheyenne, the Gardens are located in Lions Park, basically right across the street from where the famous Frontier Days is held. With that to distract you, the Gardens can be easy to overlook. Yet they spread out over nine acres, making them more than just a little walk in the park. Thematically arranged, the award-winning landscapes range from xeriscape to wetland, cacti and rose gardens. A labyrinth, 100% solar-heated greenhouse, and Wyoming’s oldest locomotive engine are just some of the other sights you can find.
The Gardens’ other big claim to fame is the fabulous Paul Smith Children’s Village. Don’t let the name keep you from visiting, even if you don’t have children with you. It’s a blast for people of all ages. The goal of this garden is teaching about the past, present, and future of sustainability. And they do it through a lot of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, (the fun part!). For history buffs, there is also a historic greenhouse and stone building constructed in the early 1930s through the Works Progress Administration.
Whether you’re looking for a great place for a picnic or want to spend a few hours just strolling through the flowers, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to visit. And it’s continuously improving and expanding. The recent acquisition of 62-acres for a public arboretum is just one example. The means that there will always be something new and unexpected to discover.
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