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Alpine Gardens celebrates with an open house

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The new Alpine House at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens showcases alpine plants embedded in tufa rock set against a giant mural of the high Colorado alpine.

VAIL — A community open house and Alpine Gardens Celebration is planned for Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens' new Education Center in Ford Park. Award winning bluegrass musicians, Grant Farm, will perform the final Bluegrass in the Gardens concert from 1-1:45 p.m., and activities for all ages are available through the afternoon. Refreshments will be served.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is celebrating 27 years this summer and with the addition of the Education Center the Alpine Gardens, looks to become the premiere alpine botanical gardens in the world. The Education Center is a unique asset to the Vail community. Upon entry, guests are greeted with an open air room filled with information about plants and our alpine environment. Several interactive table displays entertain inquisitive minds, providing visitors unique opportunities to engage in the science behind plants.

The back of the building is dedicated to work space for the Gardens volunteers and a small staff. The room includes a cataloged library of alpine plants and mountain ecology. Adjacent to the work space is a dedicated area for propagating and growing plants and a short-term, seed storage as part of the Bureau of Land Management Seeds of Success program.

The highlight of the Education Center is a unique and state of the art Alpine House showcasing alpine plants embedded in tufa rock set against a giant mural of the high Colorado alpine. This cold, glass house is one-of-a-kind in North America.

In addition to the bluegrass show, croquet, arts and crafts and a variety of activities for children will also be offered. For more information, please visit http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org or call 970-476-0103 ext. 3.