Community Wildlife Habitat Project of West Edge District looks to enhance the beautification in Cheyenne

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now)- According to Laramie County Master Gardner and project leader of the Community Wildlife Habitat project of the west edge district, Nancy Loomis, the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the community wildlife habitat project in the west edge district reached an agreement about planting perennials in Cheyenne to save time and money.

Loomis says a perennial plant is one that comes back year after year as opposed to an annual, which completes its life cycle in a year.

Community Wildlife and the Laramie County Master Gardeners took came up with the permanent DDA perennial planter project, which took place at the Rib and Chop House in downtown Cheyenne.

“We’ve had a lot of success with it and it seems to be a positive impact but it’s still at the experimental stage,” Loomis said.

Community Wildlife also came up with the library project, where they plant perennials outside Laramie County Library so they can decrease the use of blue grass.

“Blue grass uses up a lot of water and that is one thing we don’t have a lot of in this area. It’s best to find other ways and planting that work.”

The goal is to experiment with perennials in the smaller planters that the DDA owns to see if perennials can be grown into those as opposed to annuals that have to be planted year after year. They want to focus is on beautification and plants that will survive in the area.

“Having to plant annuals year after year is very expensive. It to help out time wise and also the beautification.”

Loomis says the staff plans to collect seeds from this project to have available to people who want to plant themselves.

Rib & Chop House also donated the leftover vegetables from the plants to three local non-profit organizations.