Botanic Network

Conservation in the Field - Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Globally connected

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens works with other botanic networks, gardens, societies, and institutes around the globe to develop and conserve special collections of plants through seed collections, propagation, cultivation and plant sharing.

As members of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation Betty Ford Alpine Gardens has been recognized as an organization that works towards the worldwide implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Plant Collections Network

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The Plant Collections Network (PCN) of the American Public Gardens Association is a network of botanical gardens and arboreta working to coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation, and to promote high standards of plant collections management.


PCN Collections may serve as reference collections for plant identification and cultivar registration. Collection holders make germplasm available for taxonomic studies, evaluation, breeding, and other research.


Participating institutions compare holdings with others to identify duplication and gaps. This makes efficient use of available resources, strengthening collections through combined collaborative activities.


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens holds the PCN Collection of Colorado’s Alpine Flora. As part of this program, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens works to develop this special collection of plants through seed collections, propagation, cultivation and plant sharing.


Learn more about the Plant Collections Network.

Native Plant Information Network

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The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin aims to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America. NPIN is designed to inform a broad audience ranging from members of the general public such as homeowners, wildflower enthusiasts, and gardeners to practicing professionals such as botanists, land managers, and government personnel.


Now, more than ever, there is a need to bridge the gap between people and the natural world, a need to foster understanding and appreciation of the plant world, and a need to provide local, regional, and national audiences with scientifically accurate resources about their native plant heritage. Since its inception in 1982, the Wildflower Center has fulfilled those needs beginning with a mail-order Clearinghouse and continuing with its modern-day equivalent, the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) – the Wildflower Center’s national web portal for native plant information and resources.

Botanic Gardens

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens partners with these gardens and organizations.

  • American Public Gardens Association
    The APGA is committed to increasing the knowledge of public garden professionals throughout North America through information sharing, professional development, networking, public awareness & research so they have the tools to effectively serve visitors & members.
  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International
    BGCI works with member gardens and conservation organizations worldwide to raise awareness & scientific understanding of threatened plants.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
    A top-ranked US botanical garden, offers spectacular garden displays, outdoor art exhibits, gardening classes & workshops.
  • Yampa River Botanic Park
    Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. An innovative, perhaps unique, experiment in private/public development & maintenance of a public botanical facility.
  • The Gardens On Spring Creek
    An 18-acre botanical garden located on the Spring Creek corridor in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Gardens is owned & managed by the City of Fort Collins.

Societies & Institutes

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is proud to partner with these societies and institutes.

  • Alpine Garden Society
    Promoting an interest in all aspects of alpine plants cultivation & conservation. Provides newsletter, seed exchange & event schedule.
    North American Rock Garden Society For gardening enthusiasts interested in alpine, saxatile & low-growing perennials. It encourages the study & cultivation of wildflowers that grow well among rocks, whether such plants originate above tree line or at lower elevations.
  • Colorado Native Plant Society
    Dedicated to furthering the knowledge, appreciation & conservation of native plants & habitats of Colorado through education, stewardship & advocacy.
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
    This chapter, with nearly 300 members, welcomes new rock gardeners. The group includes novices as well as professional & skilled amateur rock gardeners, botanists, horticulturists, plant propagators, garden designers, professional flower & garden photographers, artists & writers.
  • Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research
    INSTAAR conducts activities in research, education & science leadership, in sites ranging from the alpine areas of the Rocky Mountains to the remote regions of the world.
  • Saxifrage Society
    The only international society dedicated to Saxifrages, the best plants in the world. Available via Facebook
  • Plant Select
    The purpose of Plant Select® is to seek out, identify & distribute the best plants for landscapes & gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Rare Plants - Snow Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja nivea)

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