This morning, Josh and I had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens brand new Grand Conservatory. And folks, it is a treasure!
As many people in town will tell you, it is essentially unheard of for a city the size of Cheyenne to support a botanic garden like this one. But thanks to mass support from the community and an active group of amazing volunteers, we have one. I feel so lucky!
Must-See Attractions at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
The conservatory features an incredible tropical plant collection, a Baroque-style orangerie, a unique bonsai display, and an assortment of landscapes in which visitors can linger and enjoy the foliage. It’s also the only botanic garden in the world that has a Navy submarine periscope, which will be used for ongoing science education in the building.
And the fun doesn’t stop there! Just outside the conservatory’s doors you can find the Paul Smith Children’s Village – a must-see attraction for families, designed to teach concepts of sustainability to kids. In fact, the Village is LEED Platinum certified! Stop by to try the Archimedes’ screw, enjoy arts and crafts in the plaza, or listen to Storytime in the Secret Garden.
Looking for a garden escape? Walk through the Botanic Gardens nine acres of award-winning perennials, visit the Peace Garden, or take a peek at one of two year-round community gardens, which provide fresh produce to low-income citizens and senior volunteers in the community.
Plan Your Visit
The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is a must-see destination for anyone currently living in the West, as well as those traveling to the area. The gardens are located at 710 S. Lions Park Drive, just east of Frontier Days Park and a few minutes north of downtown Cheyenne. They can be easily accessed via I-25 or I-80.
Hours and Fees
The main grounds, as well as the Grand Conservatory and the Paul Smith Children’s Village are free to visitors!
The grounds are open year round, from dawn to dusk, the Grand Conservatory is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am to 6pm, and the Paul Smith Children’s Village is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.
What do you consider to be a great community treasure in your hometown? Maybe I’ll visit sometime!
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