Programs & Events

See full calendar for more information 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 5 – Sept. 2 | $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 Workshop

All Day Workshop 
July 22 | $200

With Todd Winslow Pierce
 Meet at Education Center

Discover new ways of seeing color, patterns, textures, and space.

No photography experience needed. Smart phones welcome.

Public Tours

Monday, Thursday, Saturdays 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Through September 6 | $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 Workshops

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.

2021 Schedule

6/24- Plants and Pollinators Workshop 10:30-noon

7/1 – High-Altitude Vegetable Gardening – 10:30 – Noon

8/5 – Best of Both Worlds – 10:30 – Noon

8/19 Pruning Workshop

TBD Putting Your Garden to Bed Workshop 10:30-noon

Chefs in the Garden


Noon – 1:00 p.m. July 8 – Aug. 6 | $20
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 event per member). General public tickets are released July 1.

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.
Tickets: $15 for general public/
$10 for members

6 – 7pm

Some programs are virtual.

2021 theme: Plants are An Answer, based on Project Drawdown

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 – 11:00 a.m. June 24 
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 – 6 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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