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The Historic USDA Horticulture Station in Cheyenne – with Scott Skogerboe

Just up the road and across the border into Wyoming is an old USDA Horticulture Station in Cheyenne.  Opened in 1929 and closed in 1974.  Though abandoned 49 years ago, the Cheyenne Station isn’t dead.  Many of the trees and shrubs brought here from around the world are still growing in the windswept plains west of the city.  The oldest of them are 94 years old.  Scott will tell you about the history of the station, and highlight the best of the plants selected from there.  Many of them are now available for sale in the nursery trade.



Scott Skogerboe has been the Propagator at Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery for the last 29 years where he grows 300,000 trees and shrubs every year for sale to nurseries from Casper Wyoming to Albuquerque, NM, and just about everywhere in between.  Prior to going to work with his current employer, Scott was the owner of a small Nursery specializing in Fruit Trees and berries adaptable to the rigors of growing on the high plains of American interior west.

 He is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in Landscape Horticulture.  In 2016 Scott was awarded Commercial Horticulturist of the year by the American Horticultural Society.

 Scott in his spare time enjoys going out with his wife Dianne, also a professional Horticulturist, to explore for new and old plants. They particularly look for old and obscure Apples.  One of his claims to fame is he discovered the last remaining tree planted by Johnny Appleseed.

 Prior to becoming a horticulturist, Scott was a Sergeant in the US Army where he was a medic and a clinical specialist.  He had the honor of being selected to be the ambulance driver in the motorcades of President George Herbert Walker Bush and later with General Colin Powell.

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