Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots

Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots
June 27 – November 2, 2019

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the FIRST in the country to re-create the US Botanic Garden’s most popular 2015 exhibit, Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots.

Thanks to Town of Vail and the Frechette Family Foundation


Come to the Education Center this summer and experience Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots. It is a powerful visual display featuring 20 foot long roots hanging from the floor to the ceiling grown at the Land Institute in Kansas. The exhibit features great interpretation exploring the critical dilemma of how we will sustainably feed the growing planet.

“Agriculture is the world’s worst mistake” Jared Diamond. Learn how the development of perennial crops could save the future of America’s farmlands.

Photographic panels by world-renowned National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson installed in the Education Center and in the gardens will highlight the hidden world of roots.

Women Farmers

Women Farmers, a photographic exhibit prepared by Jim Richardson will be displayed in all 4 local libraries.

National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson has beautifully captured women farmers in their fields.

Exhibit is sponsored by Katherine Sharp Borgen

Come visit a local library to have a tour from women farmers around the globe. See exhibit location below. The Apres in the Gardens speaker series will also be hosted at the Vail Public Library this summer. Check out dates here.

  • Vail Public Library – June – October
  • Gypsum Public Library – June, August
  • Avon Public Library – July
  • Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley at Edwards – September
  • Eagle Public Library – October
Apres in the Gardens Speaker Series

Please note: Our evening speaker series will be held at the Vail Public Library this summer because our exhibit Exposed: the Secret Life of Roots is so big there’s no more room in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center. Be sure to come check it out -there are roots hanging from the ceiling!

Vail Public Library, 292 W. Meadow Drive.

Drinks and light appetizers provided
No cost due to the generosity of the Friends of Vail Public Library
  • June 27 – Changing 10,000 Years of Agriculture, Dr. Tim Crews
  • July 18 -An Evening of Cowboy Poetry, Peggy Godfrey
  • August 15 -Eagle County’s Long Agricultural History, Kathy Heicher
  • September 19 -The People and History of Farming, Jim Richardson
Past Exhibits

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens hosts traveling exhibits throughout the year displayed in the main gallery of the Education Center.
Coming Next Year: Alpines in 2020 – Currently seeking sponsors for this program.
Past exhibits: 
  • Pollinators
  • Mushrooms
  • Rare and endangered plants
  • Climate change




Exhibits are open to the public during Education Center hours 10-5pm everyday. There is no admission fee and a $5 donation is appreciated.

Credit cards are accepted.