Flora As Well As Fauna.
Throughout Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's 70 acres, you'll see a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers that grow well in the Rocky Mountains. Kids will love the Plants with Animal Names Garden in My Big Backyard. Lining the walkways and within the animal environments, look for gardens designed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Try to spot our innovative No Water Garden. And discover plants that replicate the African savanna or Asian highlands—right here in Colorado.
To learn all about these plants—and create your own fun, themed gardens at home—check out the virtual tours, butterfly garden, wildlife habitat and plants with animal names pages. There you'll find detailed plant lists and growing tips. And don't miss the Zoo horticulture department's annual Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale where you can find many plants uniquely suited to the Pikes Peak region's growing conditions.
For more tips on good Rocky Mountain plant choices, look to the Plant Select® Program. A cooperative between the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, it offers the best plants for gardens located throughout the high plains and intermountain regions.
On your next visit to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, check out the rich assortment of flora growing side-by-side with the fauna!
Sowing the Seeds of Conservation.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's horticulture department focuses on "resource wise" plants. These are different from "water wise" plants, which address only one resource: water. What about other factors such as time, gas, pruning, fertilizer, weeding and drainage? We keep this big picture in mind as we experiment with new plants that require less care and fewer resources overall.
We've found that you can grow a plant just about anywhere given enough time and energy. The secret to conservation is becoming resource wise. For your garden, try selecting fewer plants that need large amounts of care and resources, and more plants that are perfectly suited to Colorado's environment and require less care and fewer resources.
You'll find a variety plant lists and growing tips from the Zoo's horticulturists in the Plants section of our web site. Take a look, and join us in becoming resource wise.