Build container gardens in Vail on Monday, June 5 |

Build container gardens in Vail on Monday, June 5

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Workshop participants can learn about vegetable and how to create an alpine trough garden at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center on Monday, June 5.
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What: Alpine trough building.

Where: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center, Vail.

When: Monday, June 5, 11 a.m.

Cost: $5 suggested donation.

More information: Visit The Education Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VAIL — From perennial diving to seed collecting, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in partnership with the Colorado State University Extension Office offers workshops to further knowledge about plants and our fragile mountain environment.

On Monday, participants can learn about vegetables and how to create an alpine trough garden. Veggie starts are available for purchase, and proceeds benefit our local growers.

Alpine troughs

Alpine troughs are a low-maintenance, wallet-friendly container garden. These miniature gardens are designed to look like sophisticated, small-scale landscapes filled with alpine plants.

Alpine troughs work in a variety of settings: placed on a deck or patio, tucked along a walkway, adorning a front porch or entry or even nestled right into the garden as a focal point.

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Troughs are a friendly container option for urban gardeners and condo dwellers — anyone without much space to garden. Because most troughs are small and low profile, they can fit almost anywhere — even in spots where you thought you could never put a container.

Troughs will be available for sale the day of the event. To pre-order one of the troughs on display at the Alpine Gardens, guests should contact Dominque Turnball at 719-494-9343 or email

The trough garden is one of the newest gardens located outside of the Education Center at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Ford Park thanks to the generous support of Doe Browning.

The hourlong workshop begins at 11 a.m. on Monday and will be conducted at the Education Center.

Additional workshops include How to Build a Pollinator Garden on June 19; Pollinator Habitat Hero on June 22; Garden Maintenance on July 10; and Seed Collecting and Basic Propagating on Aug. 21.

A limited number of spaces are available. To sign up for a workshop, please click on the workshop through the event calendar on the Alpine Gardens website at or call 970-476-0103, ext. 2.

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