Gardening on the Cheap in Cheyenne

A big thank you to the Laramie County Master Gardeners in Cheyenne, Wyo., for the fabulous Western hospitality they showed us during our recent trip there. John and I had a wonderful time getting to know our new friends to the north–just 90 minutes from Denver.

The group invited me to visit on April 21 and present my “Gardening on the Cheap” program at the beautiful new public library. I enjoyed getting the chance to share my 10 tips for being a cheerful cheapskate in the garden. The other frugal gardeners in the audience shared their tips and asked some really great questions, too.

We were impressed by all the nice folks we met in Cheyenne, but I can’t thank Roberta Bolton enough for making all the arrangements for our visit. Even though we could’ve driven home that evening, she helped turn a one-day trip into a two-day stay…

…by asking Jim Osterfoss at the Nagle-Warren Mansion B&B to donate a room for Saturday night. The mansion, built in 1888, is a gorgeous Victorian home right out of the old West. If you visit the B&B’s website, you’ll be able to take a tour and see what I mean. Be sure to take a good look at the parlour, because I spent a lot of time sitting there and imagining what Cheyenne must have been like in the 1880s.

After breakfast on Sunday morning, we took a short drive to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and stopped in the Paul Smith Children’s Village. We arrived right after the gates opened, so we had a few minutes to get to all the good stuff first. It made me wish I was a kid again.

There are so many fun things to do at the Children’s Village and there’s no admission fee, thanks to a generous donation by Paul Smith, a long-time supporter of the gardens. The village is full of all kinds of water features for splashing, teepees for hiding, a puppet theater, secret garden, classroom space and a greenhouse. Now that’s the way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


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