Calendar of Events

Mar
29
Wed
Guided Snowshoe – Garden TreeTrail
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TO REGISTER: <a href="Product Info“>CLICK HERE Join our Education Coordinator on a guided snowshoe through the gardens for a serene and educational experience. $5 Donation. Snowshoes available.
Apr
5
Wed
Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers (Exhibit)
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm
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. Cost is $5.
May
1
Mon
Docent Training
May 1 all-day
Train as a tour docent or come to refresh your docent skills and share your expertise. All interested volunteers are welcome. Time TBD
May
15
Mon
Workshop: Perennial dividing and planting
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn proper perennial dividing and planting techniques . Free of charge.
May
18
Thu
Butterfly Launch
May 18 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Each year, the gardens partner with Eagle County public and private elementary schools to provide third-grade students a hands-on learning experience on how nature changes larvae into butterflies. Each participating class receives a free butterfly kit used to incorporate the study of butterflies with various life-sciences topics and to help meet the National Science Education Standards curriculum content for grades K-8. The children, their teachers and other members of the community then join together at the gardens for a celebratory “launch” of the butterflies. The afternoon event includes the Denver Butterfly Pavilion’s educational displays and interactive games and live entertainment.
May
22
Mon
Docent Training
May 22 all-day
Time TBD
Senior Horticultural Therapy: Lunch and Flower Pot Painting
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Senior Horticultural Therapy program for Eagle County Seniors. Sponsored by the United Way of Eagle River Valley and Vail Public Library. Free of Charge.
May
26
Fri
RESTRICTED WEDDING DATES
May 26 – May 29 all-day
May
29
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
May 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
1
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
3
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
5
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Workshop: Vegetables, Troughs and Plant Sale
Jun 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn when and how to seed vegetables in the garden as well as a trough building demonstration and sale. This workshop will also be a great time to buy vegetables for your garden as we will have several local growers selling their starts at the workshop. Free of charge.
Jun
7
Wed
Butterfly Count Training – Citizen Science
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Citizen Science Butterfly Count Training Wednesday, June 7 – 9 AM – 4 PM Colorado Butterfly Monitoring Network Become a part of the statewide citizen science project to observe and count butterflies. Who: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is joining the Butterfly Pavilion’s Science and Conservation Branch, who started this project in 2013. Volunteers from all over the state participate. Where: Open spaces and parks in Colorado When: May 15th – September 30th of each year Why: To provide long-term data that land managers can use when making conservation decisions and to raise awareness about Colorado butterflies and their habitats. Butterfly Pavilion has joined 10 other states and regions from around the country in using citizen science to monitor the trends and fluctuations of butterfly populations. The summer of 2013 was the pilot year for this project, which was modeled after the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network. Since then Butterfly Pavilion dramatically expanded the number of sites, from 9 locations to over 96, and the number of citizen scientists, from 8 volunteers to over 100. The Instructor: Sara Garrett Cost:$10
Jun
8
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
RESTRICTED WEDDING TIMES
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 3:00 pm
Jun
10
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
12
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
14
Wed
Native Plant Master Class – Alpine, Montane and Riparian Ecosystem
Jun 14 all-day
Time TBD.
Jun
15
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
16
Fri
Bush/Prieto WEDDING
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
4:30pm Ceremony
Jun
17
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
19
Mon
Workshop: Building a Pollinator Garden
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens new garden will be a pollinator garden. Come learn about how to build a pollinator garden and use your new skills to help BFAG in the completion of their new garden. Free of Charge.
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
20
Tue
Intimate Evening: Effects of Climate Change on Wildflowers & Animals
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Jun
21
Wed
Native Plant Master Class – Alpine, Montane and Riparian Ecosystem
Jun 21 all-day
Time TBD.
Jun
22
Thu
Painting Workshop – Cheryl St. John (Tentative)
Jun 22 all-day
Workshop: Pollinator Habitat Hero
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pollinator Hero Workshop June 22, 9 am – 3 pm From a pollinators-eye view, learn how to create wildlife-friendly gardens that help combat the loss of open spaces and create green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas by providing habitats for wildlife. Activities include Designing your garden using native plants and building a pollinator house. Speaker – Jamie Weiss Jamie Weiss is the Habitat Hero Coordinator for Audubon Rockies, a regional office of The National Audubon Society, an organization that has championed the protection of birds and their habitat for over a century. She combines her science and educational background to manage the Habitat Hero program, which focuses on engaging community members and businesses in actively restoring natural habitat for birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife large and small. Along with earning a B.S. in Marine Biology and Chemistry from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she is also a Certified Interpretive Guide as appointed by the National Association of Interpretation. Jamie previously worked with Colorado Parks & Wildlife at Boyd Lake State Park and the Georgia Aquarium as an Educational Interpreter, providing families and individuals of all ages an awareness of conservation. Cost: $10
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
23
Fri
Member Breakfast
Jun 23 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Jun
24
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
26
Mon
Docent Training
Jun 26 all-day
Time TBD.
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jun
28
Wed
Native Plant Master Class – Alpine, Montane and Riparian Ecosystem
Jun 28 all-day
Time TBD.
Bluegrass in the Gardens
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
29
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jul
1
Sat
John Fielder Photography Workshop: A Benefit for Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day
To register for this workshop CLICK HERE A Benefit for Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Early Wildflowers around Vail, Colorado July 1-2, 2017, Saturday-Sunday Cost: $850 includes some meals, no lodging Join Colorado’s premier landscape photographer, John Fielder in Vail, Colorado for two days of nature photography and instruction. At this time of the year, the aspen trees are fully leafed and early season wildflowers, possibly yellow mules ears, purple lupine, and red Indian paintbrush, are in bloom! There will still be plenty of snow covering the Gore Range to make a stunning background. This Workshop offers a well-rounded and highly resourceful educational experience, appropriate for any level of outdoor photographer, but especially for beginners and intermediates. The program consists of a slide-based lecture, field shoots in beautiful locations, and an interactive critique session on participants’ laptop computers. A full, yet comfortable, schedule optimizes field time and helps facilitate the absorption of invaluable, professional information. Long days afford ample opportunity to travel backroads and hike remote locations with John. John will also discuss post-processing of your images with computer programs such as Adobe Lightroom, and do live demonstrations. No participant should feel that he or she is not qualified to attend. Limited enrollment gives participants quality time with John Fielder and ensures that each person gets the specific instruction needed based on their individual level of experience. Fellow pro nature photographer, Gary Soles, assists John at most workshops, further ensuring individual attention. A group-based critique session allows students the chance to learn from others’ work, while personalized field instruction addresses the photographer’s needs related to both understanding camera functions and techniques of composition. Transportation to field locations and some meals are included. John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space, and wildlands during his 35-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. Over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. He lives in Summit County, Colorado, and operates a fine art gallery, John Fielder’s Colorado, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. He teaches photography workshops to adults and children. His latest books are Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green and Wildflowers of Colorado. Information about John and his work can be found at johnfielder.com. Requirements: Fitness: Trail hikes will be up to 2 miles round trip at 9,000 feet therefore moderate physical fitness is recommended. Camera Equipment: Digital cameras only, SLR or Mirrorless bodies best with lenses from at least range 18-135mm for APS (small) sensor cameras, and 24-200mm for full size sensor cameras. A good tripod. Point & shoot cameras are recommended for closeups, but will not serve all the purposes of wildflower photography to be discussed and practiced especially extreme depth of focus techniques at f22. Laptop on which to edit your photos. Editing means picking winners, not necessarily processing. Schedule & Workshop Home Base: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 522 S Frontage Rd. East, Vail Schedule of workshop is TBD Information: Contact Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: (970) 476-0103 www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org
Restricted Wedding Date @ Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Jul 1 – Jul 4 all-day
Offices Closed for Holiday
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jul
3
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jul
4
Tue
Restricted Wedding Date @ Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Jul 4 all-day
Offices Closed for Holiday
Jul
5
Wed
Bluegrass in the Gardens
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
6
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Chefs in The Gardens
Jul 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jul
8
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jul
10
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Workshop: Garden Maintenance
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
In order to make sure the beauty of your garden lasts, there are several things you need to be doing in the summer to maintain it. Join us at this Gardening Maintenance workshop to hone your maintenance skills. Free of Charge.
Jul
12
Wed
Native Plant Master Class – Weeds and Grasses
Jul 12 all-day
Time TBD.
Bluegrass in the Gardens
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
13
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Chefs in The Gardens
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jul
15
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jul
17
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jul
19
Wed
Native Plant Master Class – Weeds and Grasses
Jul 19 all-day
Time TBD.
Bluegrass in the Gardens
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
20
Thu
Painting Workshop – Cheryl St. John (Tentative)
Jul 20 all-day
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Chefs in The Gardens
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jul
22
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jul
24
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Senior Horticultural Therapy: Lunch & Flower Pot Planting
Jul 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Senior Horticultural Therapy program for Eagle County Seniors. Sponsored by the United Way of Eagle River Valley and Vail Public Library. Free of charge.
Jul
26
Wed
Native Plant Master Class – Weeds and Grasses
Jul 26 all-day
Time TBD.
Jul
27
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Chefs in The Gardens
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jul
28
Fri
A Garden Party
Jul 28 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Donor appreciation garden party in the Gardens.
Jul
29
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Jul
31
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Jul 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Aug
3
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Chefs in The Gardens
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Aug
5
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Aug
7
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Aug
10
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Chefs in The Gardens
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Aug
12
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Aug
14
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Aug
16
Wed
Rare II: Imperiled Plants of Colorado
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – Oct 11 @ 4:00 pm
Aug
17
Thu
Painting Workshop – Cheryl St. John (Tentative)
Aug 17 all-day
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Chefs in The Gardens
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Aug
19
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Aug
21
Mon
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Workshop:Seed Collecting
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Many of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens plants are rare or difficult to propagate varieties which makes saving seed very important to their survival. This workshop will teach you about basic botany, plant reproduction, and seed collection. Free of charge. Ages 16 and up.
Aug
24
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
intimate Evening: For The Love of Rivers
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Intimate Evening: For Love of Rivers w/ Kurt Fausch For Love of Rivers will draw us into the international collaboration among stream ecologists to discover the strong hidden connections between rivers and their surrounding forests. Kurt will present the story captured in his book of the same title. “Like trees and music and good health, streams and rivers are a gift to us as humans… In the end, I believe we will need to understand how and why we love rivers, if we hope to conserve them”. KURT D. FAUSCH is a professor Emeritus in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, where he has taught for 33 years. His collaborative research has taken him throughout Colorado, the West, and worldwide, including to Hokkaido in northern Japan. His experiences in Japan were chronicled in the PBS documentary film “RiverWebs.” He has received numerous awards from the American Fisheries Society and the World Council of Fisheries Societies, and served as the acting Director of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU. Event Schedule: 5:30-6pm – Drinks & Appetizers 6:00-7pm – Presentation by Kurt Faust Cost: $20 advance; $25 day of
Aug
26
Sat
Possible Wedding (Alpine Terrace) & Rooftop Rental
Aug 26 all-day