Calendar of Events

Aug
15
Tue
Exhibit – Rare II: Imperiled Plants of Colorado
Aug 15 – Oct 11 all-day
Rare II is the second Rare exhibit created by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists to inform the public about threatened wildflowers of Colorado. RSMBA creates works of art identified in the Master List of Rare Plants developed by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. Over 40 original full color artworks from Colorado’s wide elevation range and varied habitats will be displayed. $5 suggested donation.
Aug
23
Wed
Yoga in The Gardens
Aug 23 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Start your day off right with yoga in Vail’s most ZEN location. Local expert staff of rotating teachers with diverse backgrounds. Yoga takes place in the gardens “alpine plaza” below our large waterfall. Limited yoga mats available and no registration necessary. The cost is $15 (cash ONLY)
Aug
24
Thu
Public Tour of Gardens Gwen
Aug 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Intimate Evening: For Love of Rivers
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 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
25
Fri
Yoga in The Gardens
Aug 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Start your day off right with yoga in Vail’s most ZEN location. Local expert staff of rotating teachers with diverse backgrounds. Yoga takes place in the gardens “alpine plaza” below our large waterfall. Limited yoga mats available and no registration necessary. The cost is $15 (cash ONLY)
Aug
26
Sat
Outdoor AIRreal Yoga in the Garden Aviary
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER This is a fun yoga class that introduces many ways the aerial hammock can help stretch, strengthen, rejuvenate, and invert the body safely. Set in the beautiful backdrop of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the gardens come alive when flipping our hour glass and being suspended in the air offers us a bird-like perspective. AIReal Yoga is designed for all ability levels with no yoga experience needed. This class takes place on the Education Center Rooftop. Registration required. Cost: $40.
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Rare Plants Exhibit Reception: Meet The Artists
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meet the contributing artists of the traveling exhibit.
Aug
27
Sun
Contemplative Photography @ Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Join Vail Native and local back country guide, Tanya Miller, as she brings her lifelong love of nature into an outdoor exploration through mindful photography. Pairing her 20 year career as a guide with her master’s degree in arts-based adventure education,Tanya offers this unique experience into her home place. Take a photographic journey into the wonderland of the Gardens. Contemplative photography opens our eyes to seeing the world in new ways. In this course, learn how to express the experience of presence with your camera to create dynamic and captivating images. Cost is $35. Requirements: Camera (DSLR, ipad, iphone, point and shoot, other image capturing device). Basic working knowledge of your camera. At Education Center (West of Ford Park Playground)
Aug
28
Mon
Yoga in The Gardens
Aug 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Start your day off right with yoga in Vail’s most ZEN location. Local expert staff of rotating teachers with diverse backgrounds. Yoga takes place in the gardens “alpine plaza” below our large waterfall. Limited yoga mats available and no registration necessary. The cost is $15 (cash ONLY)
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Aug
30
Wed
Yoga in The Gardens
Aug 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Start your day off right with yoga in Vail’s most ZEN location. Local expert staff of rotating teachers with diverse backgrounds. Yoga takes place in the gardens “alpine plaza” below our large waterfall. Limited yoga mats available and no registration necessary. The cost is $15 (cash ONLY)
Aug
31
Thu
Private Tour (COHAM Healthcare)
Aug 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Public Tour of Gardens
Aug 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Sep
1
Fri
Yoga in The Gardens
Sep 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Start your day off right with yoga in Vail’s most ZEN location. Local expert staff of rotating teachers with diverse backgrounds. Yoga takes place in the gardens “alpine plaza” below our large waterfall. Limited yoga mats available and no registration necessary. The cost is $15 (cash ONLY)
Sep
2
Sat
Public Tour of Gardens
Sep 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tour begins at Education Center. Cost: $5 donation.
Sep
4
Mon
Yoga in The Gardens
Sep 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Start your day off right with yoga in Vail’s most ZEN location. Local expert staff of rotating teachers with diverse backgrounds. Yoga takes place in the gardens “alpine plaza” below our large waterfall. Limited yoga mats available and no registration necessary. The cost is $15 (cash ONLY)
Sep
14
Thu
Intimate Evening: The Wonder of Bats
Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Join us at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ Education Center for an Intimate Evening with Rob Schorr learning about the wonder of bats. Rob will take us through the evolution, physiology, ecology, and conservation of bats, with a focus on some of the conservation effort going on in Colorado. Rob Schorr is a zoologist for Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University and he has worked in the state for nearly 20 years studying rare animals and plants. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of California, Davis, and master’s degree in wildlife biology from University of Georgia. His specialty is mammals and he has studied the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse at the Air Force Academy since 1997, but he has studied a host of animals, including boreal toads, long-nosed leopard lizards, hops blue butterflies, kangaroo rats, and, of course, bats. His recent projects include pallid bat roosting ecology and little brown bat population ecology. Cost: $20 advance/$25 day of Program Schedule: 5:30-5:45pm – Appetizers and Drinks 5:45pm – Presentation
Sep
18
Mon
Senior Horticultural Therapy: Cooking Demo and Lunch
Sep 18 @ 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. Registration Required. To Register please call (970)475-0103 x3
Sep
23
Sat
Wedding Photos (Quinn)
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sep
25
Mon
Workshop: Seed Cleaning & Basic Propagation
Sep 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER In August our workshop on seed collecting taught the basics of collecting seed, join us at our September workshop to learn what to do with the seed you collected. The workshop will cover seed stratification, breaking dormancy, seed storage, and seed propagation techniques. Registration required. Free of Charge.
Oct
5
Thu
Workshop: Bulb Planting
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Fall is the best time to ensure spring beauty in your garden. Which means it’s time for bulbs. Did you know Betty Ford Alpine Gardens plants over 1000 bulbs every year!? Learn which bulbs grow well in Eagle County and how to plant them to ensure beauty in the spring. Registration required. Free of charge.
Oct
14
Sat
Intimate Evening: Rare & Imperiled Plants of Colorado
Oct 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Join the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for an evening learning about the rare and imperiled plants of Colorado. Our guest speaker, Susan Panjabi, will talk about the plants that are infrequently found and her efforts to find and describe them. Susan Spackman Panjabi is a Botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University. She has focused her research on the rare plants of Colorado for the past 20 years and is the principal author of the Colorado Rare Plant Field Guide. Susan works with a state-wide team of botanists on the Colorado Rare Plant Conservation Initiative, which aims to boost the effectiveness of rare plant conservation efforts across Colorado. Cost: $20/advance & $25/day of. Program Schedule: 5:30-5:45pm – Appetizers and Drinks 5:45pm – Presentation