From Platte to Peak
November 2021 – April 30, 2022
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.
Celebrate the Alpine & The Disappearing Alpine
2022 Summer Exhibit
Education Center and Ford Park
Celebrate the Alpine, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ outdoor exhibit, features photographs of rare and unique plants and animals of the fragile alpine ecosystem. The exhibit is displayed throughout Ford Park.
Families can become alpine conservationists and step into the boots of researchers in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center. The Disappearing Alpine exhibit and activities encourage exploration of mountaintops and riparian streams with tiny plants and hardy animals that live in the alpine ecosystem.