2017: Year of The Pollinator

Learning about environmental issues that threaten personal lifestyles can illicit unexpected responses. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ Year of the Pollinator is designed to do just that. With the health of pollinators declining at an alarming rate across the world, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens decided to tackle the issue head on. Education is the first step in reducing and hopefully reversing the trend, starting locally.   By participating in one or more educational opportunities at the Gardens this summer, residents and area businesses can make a difference and ultimately help improve the pollinator health of our area.




Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers  – April 5 – June 30, 2017

An exhibit portraying the relationship between flowers and pollinators, it is based on over 70 photographs of the intriguing lives of many kinds of pollinators. It introduces their diversity, the various processes of pollination, the needs of pollinators, the obstacles their populations are facing, and what can and is being done to support them. 

Monday-Saturday, 10AM – 4PM. $5 donation appreciated.

Speakers: Intimate Evenings

The Wonder of Bats: Thursday, September 14 

Pollinator Garden

The Pollinator Garden is also the newest addition to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens thanks to Kelly and Sam Bronfman and Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, in Vail. The Pollinator Garden, located just east of the Education Center, will display a colorful array of native plants that pollinators rely on for food. Due to be installed this spring, the Garden is intended to teach visitors and local growers how to attract pollinators such as butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. 

Pollinator Resources

Pollinators in General:

 North American Pollinator Protection Program Campaign (NAPPC) – Website with information on all things pollinator: http://pollinator.org/nappc/index.html

Beesmart Pollinator Gardener App – Plant a Garden that butterflies, hummingbirds and bees will love as much as you: http://www.pollinator.org/beesmartapp.htm

NAPPC Ecoregional Planting Guides – Free pollinator friendly planting guides tailored to specific areas of the United States: http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

The Xerces Society – working to protect invertebrates and their habitats: http://www.xerces.org/


Native Bees:

 Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees – USDA & Pollinator Partnership Publication: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf

Bumble Bee Watch – Website for learning and reporting bumble bee sightings – a great source of information on all things bumble bee: http://www.bumblebeewatch.org/

Bumble Bees of the Western United States – US Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership Publication: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/documents/BumbleBeeGuideWestern2012.pdf

Xerces Society – Bumble Bee Conservation: http://www.xerces.org/bumblebees/


Honey Bees:

 Donald Studinski, Beekeeper; President, Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association:

HoneybeeKeep.com; [email protected]