A tropical oasis right in Cheyenne

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - With winter here, there is a perfect opportunity to enjoy nature inside. The Cheyenne Botanic Garden Grand Conservatory opened in August and it continues to see great turnouts...attracting anywhere from five hundred to one thousand people on weekend days.

Since opening, the Grand Conservatory has drawn in people from all fifty states and about twenty countries.

Shane Smith, Director of Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, says, “The Grand Conservatory is Wyoming’s little piece of the Tropics.”

This is Wyoming's only tropical conservatory. With the purpose of surrounding people with plants that they wouldn't normally get to experience.

In addition to experiencing plants and even some animals, the other purpose of the conservatory is to be a Cheyenne oasis.

Shane explains, "There’s lots of places to sit, read a book, and check your email. The vision of this place is to be Cheyenne’s living room.”

Amy Gorbey, Volunteer Coordinator, says, “I think it’s an amazing opportunity for people in Cheyenne, especially during winter months where the climate is really challenging here…to come and escape.”

The three indoor balconies full of tropical plants couldn't have been done without local volunteers. Ninety percent of the physical labor is thanks to those volunteers.

A small gift shop will be opening next week with garden-related items. Proceeds will go to the non-profit Friends of the Botanic Gardens.

The Grand Conservatory is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. To see details on holiday closures, visit https://www.botanic.org/