VAIL — The spring foliage at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the world’s highest botanical garden, is thriving and the colors are spectacular. However, according to garden employees, many visitors are having a hard time finding it due to construction at nearby Gerald R. Ford Park.
“Because of the construction in Ford Park, the best way to access to the gardens is by taking the in-town shuttle to Golden Peak and walking through Manor Vail, across the Ford Park covered bridge to the path that runs behind the playground. If people prefer driving to the gardens, they must park in the Vail Village Parking Structure and walk down the South Frontage Road sidewalk or along the streamside walk to West Betty Ford Way,” saidd Nick Courtens, Alpine Gardens senior horticulturist.
Volunteering at the gardens is also a great way to learn about plants that grow well in the Rocky Mountain region and about various gardening techniques. The gardens are now in need of summer volunteers.
“The gardens was founded by a small group of volunteers. Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have contributed thousands of community service hours to create and maintain the gardens. Volunteers are so important to the operations of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and we provide the most beautiful outdoor classroom around,” said volunteer coordinator Jeri Powles.
A volunteer orientation is being held at the picnic pavilion in Gerald R. Ford Park on Monday beginning at 9 a.m. Volunteers are needed throughout the summers on Mondays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and noon.
For more information, please visit www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org or call 970-476-0103, ext. 3.