The University of Wyoming Williams Conservatory recently launched a You Fund campaign with the goal of raising $1,650 by April 15 for facility improvements and some plant replacement, according to a UW news release.

The conservatory hopes to construct two large indoor succulent and cacti beds and to purchase replacement succulent plants, says Meredith Pratt, conservatory manager.

The custom beds would provide a more natural and aesthetic display, and would include plant information signs for self-guided tours.

Succulent plants are needed to replace those used repeatedly by the conservatory for outreach activities with small groups. Leaves from the plants are frequently given away to visitors so they can take them home and try to grow a plant.

Any additional money raised from the campaign will go toward creating more workshops that will be available for the community throughout the year, Pratt says.

The Williams Conservatory is located adjacent to the Aven Nelson Building. Since opening in 1994, the conservatory has served as a center of education, research and outreach for UW students, faculty and staff members, Laramie community members and other visitors.

The conservatory also provides a tranquil environment for the community.

“We have two bistro tables with chairs and encourage individuals to use them for studying, meeting with friends or taking a moment for themselves during a hectic day in a warm, tropical environment,” Pratt said in a statement.

The conservatory is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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