Programs & Events

Daily & Family Activities

Fun for everyone!

Yoga in the Gardens


9 – 10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday
June 22- Sept. 4 | $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


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday 
June 24 – Sept. 2| $15 cash only

 Meet at Education Center

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

No photography experience needed. Smart phones welcome.

Public Tours

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturdays 
May 25 – Sept. 7 | $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.

Family Scavenger Hunt

Daily All summer

A self-guided clue sheet with changing annual themes leads from letterbox to letterbox throughout the gardens.

Pick up a clue sheet at the Education Center, answer the mystery and get a prize.

Betty's Market

Daily All summer 

A farmers market for kids where they can connect to where their food comes from.

Located in the Children’s Garden next to the Schoolhouse Museum & Gift Shop

Children's Garden

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 and herb garden. 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. 


Opportunities to immerse yourself in the Gardens


10:30 a.m. | Unless otherwise noted
$10; Free for members

 An in depth series with local experts highlighting topics about sustainable gardening.

May 29 | Rock Garden Plant Sale &
Trough Planting All day
June 25 | Alpines of the World Tour 11 a.m.
June 26 | Watercolor Flower Painting
July 6 – 11 | Tai Chi Class 9 a.m.
July 8 | Waterwise Wednesday
August 20 | Proper Pruning
September 17 | Use Your Garden to Grow Your Garden
October 15 | Fall Gardening and Bulb Planting

Apres in the Gardens


5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Select Thursdays 
$15: $10 for members

 Education Center

Evening expert speaker series including refreshments and light snacks.

July 23 | Famous Botanical Explorers of the CO Rockies -Historian Dr. Steve Ruskin
August 20 | Human Impacts in the Alpine Environemnt -CO Fourteeners Intiative, Lloyd Athearn
September 24 | The American Pika -Climate Influences on the Distribution Throughout Western North America -CU Boulder, Dr. Chris Ray

Chefs in the Garden

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Thursdays 
July 9 – Aug. 6 | $10
Reserve online in advance 
Space is limited
 Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Lobby

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

Members can register online pre-sale (limited to four RVSPs per member). General public tickets are released two days beforehand.


Butterfly Launch

May | Annually

 This program has taught over 15,000 3rd grade students about the miracle of
metamorphosis and life cycles. Butterfly release at noon.

Member Breakfast

9 – 11:00 a.m. June 25 
Member Appreciation Event
 Rooftop Terrace

Grand Opening of our summer exhibit with special guest speaker!

Are Alpine Plants and Animals on the Same Page?

Dr. David Inouye of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory will share his research on how global and regional climate change has affected wildflowers and animals in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Members only event.
Become a member today!

Garden Soiree

4 – 6 p.m. July 22 
Member Event

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

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