North of Denver, Colorado, The Cheyenne Botanical Gardens is centered in a 6,800 square-foot, three-sectioned greenhouse conservatory located in Lions Park. Known as a people-oriented garden, it takes advantage of an incredible volunteer force and wide use of solar energy to operate. First called the Cheyenne Community Solar Greenhouse when it opened in 1977, the currect facility was constructed in 1986 and incorporated into the City of Cheyenne Parks and Recreation Department.
In Addition to maintaining and displaying a wide variety of plant collections for inspiration, nutrition, and therapy, the Botanical Garden’s mission includes providing education and outreach, community enrichment and service and therapy to it’s many volunteers which include seniors, handicapped, and at-risk youth. In fact, these volunteers provide 90 percent of all labor at the Gardens.
As a result of its diverse offerings to the community, the Garden for Peace is a natural focal point for those seeking a place of solace and rejuvenation. The designated site is located at the Women’s Civic League Peace Garden (Station 19) on the grounds near the Woodland Garden and the Perennial Border. The area features annuals, perennials, herbs, roses and a lily pond. Other areas of the eight-acre grounds include a Discovery Pond and wetland, a Western walkway, which connects many of the gardens, and an Old West Museum.
In the cold winter climate of Wyoming, visitors can take refuge in one of the three Conservatories, One features a fragrant herb garden, waterfall, exotic vines and fragrant flowers, as well as tropical plants, such as a fig tree, banana plant, and bamboo. In another, over 50,000 bedding plants are grown from seed by volunteers, destined for the Cheyenne Park System flowerbeds as well as the Botanic Gardens grounds. In the third, food is grown year-round for distribution first to the many volunteers and then to local low-income programs.
The Cheyene Botanic Garden attracts over 25,000 visitors each year, representing all 50 states and over 30 countries. It is open year-round and admission is free.