The National Garden Clubs heaped another award on Shane Smith (Loeb Fellow 1990), founder and director of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens in Wyoming. The NSG Award of Excellence annually recognizes significant contributions in environmental and civic responsibility, conservation, beautification and promoting the love of gardening. Smith had already received the American Horticultural Society’s Professional Award this year.
The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is Wyoming’s only public botanic garden. Smith founded the park in 1986 with the aim of educating visitors about horticulture, community gardening, solar energy, and sustainability. The award-winning, nine-acre garden is a successful model for a “socially-oriented, community- based” enterprise, in which 90 percent of labor needs are fulfilled by volunteers.
Smith is the author of three books about greenhouse production and has been a frequent contributor of gardening information for newspapers, radio, and television. Most recently, Smith has been spearheading the development of a newly acquired, 62-acre property into the High Plains Arboretum in Cheyenne.