Programs & Events

See full calendar for more information and registration for programs and events.

Garden Activities

Find your experience

Yoga in the Gardens

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

July 5 – Sept. 2 | $15 cash only
 Base of waterfall in the Gardens

Start your day off right in Vail’s most ZEN location taught by local expert staff. Find your flow in the Alpine Plaza surrounded by water and flowers.

Limited yoga mats available and no registration necessary.

Botanic Photography Workshop

All Day Workshops 

Discover new ways of seeing color, patterns, textures, and space.

No photography experience needed. Smart phones welcome.

Public Tours

Monday, Thursday, Saturdays 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Day -Labor Day | $10

 Meet at Education Center

A guided garden tour winding through the beautiful property, ending at the quaint Schoolhouse Gift Shop in the
Children’s Garden.

Learn about alpine flora and mountain environments, identification, and the history of the area.


Workshops | All Summer

10:30 a.m. | Unless otherwise noted
$10; FREE for members and volunteers

 An in depth series with local experts highlighting topics about sustainable gardening, botanic processes and conservation. 

Chefs in the Garden

Thursdays | July & August

Noon – 1:00 p.m. | $25
Buy tickets online in advance 
| Space is limited

 Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Lobby

A six-part series of cooking demonstrations featuring some of the valley’s most celebrated chefs.

Members can register online pre-sale (limit 2 tickets per event per member). General public tickets are released July 1.

All chefs are volunteering their time, talents and resources for our most popular fundraiser.

Family Activities

Daily | All summer 

Take an imaginary tour past a beaver pond to the top of a mountain. See how the different ecosystems transform. Touch and smell plants in the vegetable garden. Connect food to table in Betty’s Market. Get in the dirt and dig in the Kid’s Patch. Follow the footprint to find the animal, view the Gore Creek watershed, or get into the sand pit. 

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is an unforgettable way to experience the world of plants together and inspire the next botanic explorer!

Past Expert Presentations

Are Alpine Plants & Animals on the Same Page?
A Splendid Journey: Famous 19th Century Botanical Explorers in Colorado Rockies
Reintroducing the Gray Wolf to Colorado


Butterfly Launch

May | Annually

 This program has taught over 15,000 third grade students about the miracle of
metamorphosis and life cycles. Students raise their own larva into butterflies and celebrate the release of the butterflies in Ford Park with a field day.

Helen Fritch Day

September 27| Annually

A yearly celebration for the Gardens’ founder, Helen Fritch. A day of remembrance, gratitude and celebration.

Member Breakfast

Member Appreciation Event
 June | Annually

Grand Opening of our summer exhibit with special guest speaker!

Members only event.
Become a member today!

Garden Soiree

Sustaining Member+ Event
July | Annually

An intimate celebration in the Gardens for Sustaining Members and above. Food and cocktails while mingling among the flowers.

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