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Laramie, WY 82071

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WY Gardens to Visit

Public gardens across Wyoming can give you ideas for your landscape and inspiration!

Garden berm next to a parking lot

Agricultural Resource and Learning Center garden beds

2011 Fairgrounds Rd, Casper, WY 82601

The raised berm on the west side of the building comprises a wide variety of plants chosen for their ability to survive and thrive in this arid environment. From flowering plants to shrubs and trees, there is something for everyone. Other gardens on the property include a shade garden, an alternative turf area, a hummingbird garden, a perennial garden, a small sensory garden area, a silver garden, and an area that is being developed into an arboretum and urban orchard.

Rock garden type plants blooming in a variety of colors

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

710 S Lions Park Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82001

The Paul Smith Children’s Village provides a full afternoon of fun for the younger set, while the rose, crevice, and pollinator habitat gardens, as well as the Shane Smith Grand Conservatory, offer a delightful and educational experience for all ages.

Trees with leaves turning red in the fall.

High Plains Arboretum

Cheyenne, WY

The arboretum contains hardy trees, and shrubs that were tested for survival on the High Plains. They have survived a number of decades without supplemental irrigation.

Map of trees & shrubs

Purple liatris flower with orange butterfly feeding on it.

Library Pollinator Habitat

Laramie County Public Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001 

This pollinator habitat planting was formerly a large turf area.  Before you view this glorious mass of thriving pollinator plants check out this article which lists the plants to be found there.

Bright pink purple and blue flowers

Converse Co Master Gardeners' Plant Select Demonstration Garden

Located at the Walk-In Gate (Gate 3) Wyoming State Fairground, 356 West Center Street, Douglas, WY

A variety of water wise plants from Plant Select are on display. Most of the plants in this garden are only watered a few times through the summer.  (Most years, only about 6 times.) List of some of the plants trialed over the years.


Green plants in pots inside a high tunnel.

UW Extension - WRIR demo High Tunnel

#3 Ethete Road, Fort Washakie, WY 82514

Located on the Wind River Indian Reservation, the University of WY Extension office has a demonstration high tunnel where various crops are grown.  Please call the office before you visit.  (307) 332-2135


Statue in Chris LeDoux Memorial Park of cowboy on bronc.

Chris LeDoux Memorial Park

403 Nolan Ave., Kaycee, WY

A small but beautiful park memorializing Chris LeDoux.

Blazing star flowers

The Berry Prairie Greenroof

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, University of Wyoming campus, Laramie, WY 82071

This space features a variety of plants native to our area as well as mini gardens planted with penstemons, Indian paintbrush, and more. 

Image of a garden in a park.

Water-wise demonstration garden

LaBonte Park, corner of Shield St & N. 9th St, Laramie, Wyoming

South side of this large garden bed in a city park features a mixture of non-native and native water-wise plants (flowers and grasses), while the north side features regionally native plants.

Williams conservatory flowers and succulent leaves.

Williams Conservatory

Located on the UW campus at the intersection of 9th Street and University Ave, the conservatory is connected to the Aven Nelson Building.

This greenhouse-type structure is home to over 600 tropical, neotropical, temperate and arid species from around the world.

Pink flowers blooming in a garden.

Niobrara Co UW Extension demo garden

4080 West Hwy. 20, Lusk, WY 82225

Visit the University of Wyoming Extension - Niobrara County office at the fairgrounds to view their demonstration garden.  Along with providing a pleasant sight to all, the garden serves as a pollinator garden to their bee hive.

Deer eating leaves on a tree besides a path.

Bill Kohlbrand Arboretum

Located along Stampede Street in Newcastle, WY. It was originally planted in 2013 in honor of Bill Kolhbrand. Former District Forester for Wyoming State Forestry. Since then, it has grown to 125 trees, representing over 50 different species. The arboretum serves as a living experiment to test the sustainability of a wide range of tree species in Newcastle’s harsh climate. You can see the trees on the City of Newcastle Urban Forestry Map Click on a tree icon for info about that tree. If you visit Newcastle look for signed trees (with QR codes) all around town. 

Image of a garden in September

Pinedale Water-wise demonstration garden

Corner of Maybell and Magnolia Streets, Pindale, WY 82941

This site features plants that are low maintenance and grow well in Pinedale with minimum water. Common plants found in the garden include Rocky Mountain penstemon, Maximilian sunflower, yarrow, wild iris, wild geranium, cranesbill lupine, and native asters.

Trees in a park with signs in front of them.

Kendrick Arboretum

Sheridan, Wyoming

8.5 acres featuring trees in a public park setting. The Arboretum can be accessed with the City of Sheridan's pathway system. The trees can be enjoyed while biking, walking or running.

Pink rose blooming on a shrub

Wheatland Town & Country Garden Club

93 Recreation Dr, Wheatland WY 82201

Located in a public park this garden features a variety of roses.

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Barnyards & Backyards
University of Wyoming Extension
1000 E. University Ave, Department #3354
Laramie, WY 82071

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