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The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens were established in 1977 with the Cheyenne Community Solar Greenhouse, a non-profit, solar heated greenhouse whose first crops were harvested a year later. The Gardens were opened to the public at the new site in Lions Park in 1986, after which several buildings and additions to the Gardens were added such as the Rotary Century Plazas, a variety of outdoor gardens and labyrinths, and the Paul Smith Children's Village.
The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens span nine acres of beautiful landscapes which are home to several outdoor gardens and a huge 6,800 square foot conservatory which features three greenhouses. Outdoor gardens feature annuals, perennials, roses, herbs, wildflowers, and cacti, while the solar-powered greenhouse features three greenhouses. The first houses gardens of succulents and herbs, a variety of tropical and exotic plants, and a tranquil pond with koi fish. The second greenhouse is used for growing vegetables, with beds of lettuce, broccoli, onions, cabbages, carrots, and more, and the third focuses on propagation of over 50,000 bedding plants and a variety of flowers for the botanic garden grounds. The flowers propagated here are used for the beautiful flower displays that can be seen in Cheyenne parks and parkways.
The Gardens are home to a variety of specialty gardens and habitats, including a rose garden, a Peace garden, a herb garden, a water garden, annuals and perennials, a cacti display, xeriscape and native plants, and a shade-loving plant display. A wheelchair accessible labyrinth known as the 'Garden Labyrinth' was designed and dedicated to Bobby Hathaway, the former Wyoming first lady, and the Rotary Century Plazas are gardens that showcase important plants that have played a role in the development of southeast Wyoming over the past three centuries. There is also a lovely wetland display with ponds, waterfalls, and pathways. Specialty gardens include the Bedont Rose Garden, the Cactus Garden, the North and South Community Gardens, the Cottage Garden, the Reckling Herb Garden, the Rock and Conifer Garden, the Women's Civic League Peace Garden, and the Xeriscape Garden.