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Dinosaurs Among Us – Exhibit Opening

Explore the link between birds of today and their extinct ancestors – the dinosaurs. This captivating exhibit highlights the unbroken line between the charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for nearly 170 million years and modern birds. Large-scale illustrations bring to life the connection between ancient dinosaurs and birds of today. At Betty Ford Alpine … Continued

Winter Snowshoe Tour

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Enjoy a snowshoe through the winter wonderland of the these beautiful gardens.  You’ll learn about alpine flora and mountain environments, identification, and the history of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Vail. WEDENSDAYS — Winter Web of Life You’re also welcome to take advantage of  a self-guided Tree Trail snowshoe tour through … Continued

Chefs In The Garden

This sell-out cooking demonstration fundraiser series supports Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.  July 13 – La Nonna Ristorante July 20 – La Tour Ristorante July 27 – Pollyanna Productions Aug 3 – Zino Ristorante Aug 10 – Red Canyon Catering Aug 17 – To Be Announced Tickets are $25/person and include a cooking demonstration by a … Continued


Why plant tons of stone rather than make gardens that take less effort? Crevice gardens are the perfect solution in a changing climate and especially for dry moutain environments. Kenton Seth, co-author of the new book, The Crevice Garden, will discuss how to create a design and illustrate some beautiful examples. His book will be available for … Continued


Did you ever wonder what characteristics make up different plant families? Recognizing families is a shortcut to plant identification. Join BLM State Botanist Carol Dawson and use her book (provided) as a reference to discuss plant families. Then we will use the Gardens for some hands-on work. Bring your lunch, water and be prepared for time … Continued

Pollinator Month Workshop

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Carmen Weiland, Queen Bee of Honey Operations and Master Beekeeper at Knapp Ranch joins us to talk about bees, and what makes them so important in our high alpine environment. This workshop provides an opportunity for hands-on learning and is appropriate for all ages. Includes honey tasting and a chance to … Continued

Chefs in the Gardens Series

Celebrated as North America’s highest botanical garden, the class teaches culinary secrets from some of Vail’s best cooking talent.  A six-part series of cooking demonstrations featuring some of the valley’s most celebrated chefs.  Samples of the delectable dishes are included. The Chefs in the Gardens series is held every Thursdays through August 12 in the … Continued

Betty Ford Alpine Garden Family Classes

Join scientist and artist, Kyle, for activities from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Betty Ford Alpine Gardens hosts nature-themed activities that are fun for the whole family. Our activities are designed to inspire your child’s creativity. In this hour and a half session they will make discoveries about nature that will also … Continued

Betty Ford Alpine Garden Workshop Series

An in depth series with local experts highlighting topics about sustainable gardening. 7/21 – How to Get Your Nutrition from Plants – A plant-based diet is good for you and good for the planet. 8/19 – Pruning Workshop – An opportunity to observe the tools and techniques from a local that will keep your trees and … Continued

Betty Ford Alpine Garden Tours

At 8,250 feet above sea level, the spectacular Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado is the highest and one of the most visited botanical gardens in North America. Providing free access to over 100,000 visitors annually, the Gardens delight and educate with each changing season. The tour winds through the five-acres of beautiful gardens. … Continued

Magic of Lights

A featured event of Vail’s 2020 & 2021 early season enhancements. The 25 minute ticketed experience will be a walking tour through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens at Ford Park and will include some concessions and holiday experiences. The ‘Magic of Lights’ is presented by the Vail Valley foundation and will run from December 11, … Continued