There are not too many opportunities out there that would let me build on my dual interests in Horticulture and Plant Ecology, but I was lucky to find one at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. My experience working as the Horticultural Intern at BFAG has opened my eyes to a whole world of Alpine plants and their ecology that I had previously only been able to experience through

the pages of a book. From working with the Bureau of Land management to actively preserve Colorado’s Alpine natural heritage to learning how to cultivate and grow spectacular montane plants in the Gardens themselves, my experience at BFAG allowed me to fully immerse myself in all things Alpine while developing friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

Being the Horticultural Intern at BFAG was truly the experience of a lifetime. It’s hard to pick out a favorite moment from my time in Vail. For one, I was honored to be involved with the construction of our beautiful education center this summer. The opportunity to help create something that will have such a lasting impact on the community is something that I will be forever grateful for. Botanizing across

the beautiful landscape of Hoosier Pass and Dyer Amphitheater is also something theat will remain with me forever. I highly encourage anyone with an interest in Botany or Horticulture to check out this amazing opportunity. There is simply no limit to what you can get out of it.

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