Programs & Events

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Garden Activities

Find your experience

Yoga in the Gardens


9 Р10:15 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 Р11:30 a.m. Wednesday 
June 24 РSept. 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 Р11:30 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.


2021 Schedule TBD

10:30 a.m. | Unless otherwise noted
$10; some are FREE for members and volunteers

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

2020 Schedule
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 Р11 | 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

Chefs in the Garden

Noon Р1:00 p.m. Thursdays 
July 9 – Aug. 6 | $15
Reserve 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 (limited to four RVSPs per member). General public tickets are released two days beforehand.

All chefs are volunteering 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. 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.¬†

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is an unforgettable way to experience the world of plants together and inspire the next botanic explorer!

Apres in the Gardens

 An evening speaker series with experts from around the world.
$15 for general public; $10 for members; 6 – 7pm
2020’s theme: State of the Alpine

2020 are FREE virtual presentations

The Amazing Lab Girl

Wednesday | January 20. 2021

Historian Steve Ruskin presents the life of Alice Eastwood, an American botanist from the 1800s. Eastwood is credited with building the botanic collection at the California Academy of Sciences.

Are Alpine Plants & Animals on the Same Page?

Saving the Alpine One Seed at a Time

Wednesday | February 17. 2021

Emily Griffoul, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ conservation scientist, shares her mission to fulfill the North American Botanic Gardens Alpine Conservation Strategy.

Past Expert Presentations

A Splendid Journey: Famous 19th Century Botanical Explorers in Colorado Rockies

The Adventures of a Field Ecologist

Wednesday | March 17. 2021

Dr. Chris Ray of CU Boulder and the life of conducting research and collecting data in the elements.

Reintroducing the Gray Wolf to Colorado


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.

Helen Fritch Day

September 27| Annually
2020 Open House
Details to come for the 2021 celebration

A yearly celebration for the Gardens’ founder, Helen Fritch. A day of remembrance, gratitude and celebration.

Member Breakfast

9 Р11:00 a.m. June 25 
Member Appreciation Event
 Rooftop Terrace

Grand Opening of our summer exhibit with special guest speaker!

Members only event.
Become a member today!

Garden Soiree

4 Р6 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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