Adult Programs

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is pleased to offer a number of fun, interactive programs to introduce you to the natural world of the gardens and to educate and deepen your connection with nature. We’ll even cook for you!






Guided Tours

Take a tour with a knowledgeable docent and learn more about the gardens, the plants within it and the history. Allow about 45 mins to 1 hour. Pick up a ticket at the Schoolhouse and meet at the main entry gate. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am Offered Memorial Day through Labor Day NO TOUR ON JULY 4th

$5 per person

For groups larger than 10 please fill out our PRIVATE TOUR REQUEST FORM


Yoga in the Gardens

Join our Garden yogi’s for a flowing yoga practice set in nature’s studio! The sounds of birds and waterfalls fill the air as you engage in a practice that invites more health and happiness into your life, pose by pose and breath by breath. Seasoned yogis and complete beginners alike will find benefit in this unique experience of communing with nature through yoga. Mats available. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00-10:15 am and offered Mid June through September.

 $15 per person. Class space is first come first serve. No reservation required.


Chefs in the Gardens

Live cooking demonstrations from local chefs from area restaurants, share culinary tips and recipes. Check out the website for the updated list of Chefs. Thursdays at noon dates TBD July-August 4.  $5 per person



Garden Volunteer Days

Come and join us in the Gardens for an informal work session. Tools and gloves provided. Please bring water and a hat- instruction provided. Mondays & Thursdays 9:00 am to Noon Offered May through September. FREE




Photography Workshops

John Fielder: July 1-2, 2017 

Join Colorado’s premier landscape photographer in Vail for two days of nature photography and instruction. Proceeds will benefit Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. $850




Intimate Evenings at The Gardens


Programs are 5:30-7pm 
$20 advance; $25 day of
Includes: Presentation, Drinks & Light Appetizers 




Painting in the Gardens

Plein Air Painting in the Gardens with Cheryl St. John

2017 Dates: June 22, July 20 and August 17th

Workshop Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a one hour lunch break in the garden, be sure to bring a sack lunch!

Workshop fee: $65  (contact Cheryl to register [email protected])

Enjoy a day of plein air painting beautiful alpine flowers at the Betty Ford Gardens! The class will concentrate on composition, color mixing, brush work and having fun while learning! There are no shortages of colorful compositions in the garden, so finding something to paint is not a problem! Cheryl has tips and tricks to work with the changing light and complete at least one painting if not two! You can use the medium of your choice as the fundamentals of painting work for all media. Cheryl will be demonstrating at the beginning of the day and will offer one on one instruction to each student for the remainder of the day. For more information and to register please contact Cheryl at [email protected]. A supply list will be emailed upon registration. Cheryl’s work can be seen at