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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail host traveling exhibit: Rare Plants II: Imperiled Plants of Colorado

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VAIL — The Education Center at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is home to the traveling exhibit Rare Plants II: Imperiled Plants of Colorado through Oct. 7.

The exhibit vividly portrays, through a series of botanical illustration, globally imperiled plants discovered in Colorado. The exhibition is compiled by members of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists.

Underwritten by the Borgen family and sponsored by the town of Vail's Commission on Special Events, Rare Plants II accurately depicts these exceptional plants in watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, oil, pastel, print and mixed media and meets criteria for scientific accuracy, aesthetics and technical mastery.

Increasing Awareness

Most of these plants live within narrowly distributed habitats. Detailed information on the site of the species and the artists' stories behind locating these unique plants cultivate the exhibit and help distinguish each piece.

The display aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the incredible beauty and diversity of these plants. To complement the exhibit, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is hosting a meet the artist reception on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is Eagle County's botanical garden. Located in Vail's Ford Park, the outdoor gardens are open from dawn until dusk throughout the year. The Education Center is open through September from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, visit http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org.

If you go …

What: Meet the artist behind traveling exhibit Imperiled Plants II.

Where: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail.

When: Saturday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free, with a $5 suggested donation.

More information: Visit http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org. The Imperiled Plants II exhibit is on display through Oct. 7.