Betty Ford
Alpine Gardens

Annual Plant Sale

June 3 – 5, 10 am – 4 pm

Special Gardens Members Only Pre-sale; June 2, 1 pm – 4 pm

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is hosting its annual plant sale featuring unusual, water efficient plants perfectly suited for mountain gardens. Located outside the Education Center. With lower supplemental water needs, […]

New Book Release!

On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains

A new book celebrating Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, its stunning alpine botanic collections and its dedication to the conservation of high mountain plants and habitat. An informative narrative and photographic journey through one of the most beautiful and distinguished high altitude (8,200 feet) botanical gardens in the world.

When you purchase the book, you are supporting a team of scientists, educators, horticulturists, and volunteers who, together, work to conserve the alpine environment and
curate a beautiful space for Vail’s community.

Order online or stop by one of our gift shops! Look inside!

“A little above the point where the timber disappears entirely, commences a region of astonishing beauty, and of great interest on account of its productions.”
Edwin James

Education Center Exhibit

From Platte to Peak

November 9 – April 30

Presenting illustrations of plant species collected 200 years ago by botanist Edwin James during the Stephen H. Long expedition. James collected 700 plant species, 140 which were entirely new to science.


This exhibit, organized by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, intends to honor and celebrate the explorers that discovered these species.


Each scientifically accurate piece is created in traditional botanical illustration media: watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil or hand pulled prints. The resulting renderings are exquisitely detailed, able to illustrate far more detail than found in photographs.

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Native Plant Master - Alpines Course this Summer!

Are you interested in honing your botany skills and getting familiar with alpine plants?? Join us for an intensive look at the plants that have adapted to live where trees cannot survive in this Native Plant Master Alpines course. Signups open April 1! More information and signup link here

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