Programs & Events

See full calendar for schedule 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 – August | $15 cash only
 Base of waterfall in the Gardens

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

No registration necessary; Limited yoga mats available on first come basis.

Garden Ambassadors

Daily | Memorial Day – Labor Day

Say hi to our Garden Experts roaming the trails or setting up an Information Station. Ask them about a specific plant or projects going on in the Gardens.

Public Tours

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

 Meet at Education Center

Guided Garden Tour | Mon, Thurs, Sat
An overview of alpine and mountain flora, their identification and ecosystems, and the history of the Gardens and Vail.

Alpine World Tour | Tuesday
A focus on alpine plants from all over the world that are found in our gardens.

Walk on the Wild Side Wildflower Tour | Wednesday
Explore the native plants that grow along Gore Creek and in our gardens.


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. 

Check the calendar for dates and topics.

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 date per member). General public tickets are released July 1.

All chefs volunteer 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. Follow animal footprints and 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.

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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