Alpine Gardens names board members |

Alpine Gardens names board members

Daily staff report

VAIL — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens recently announced its slate of officers for the Board of Trustees. Susan Frampton is serving as president; Margaret Rogers as vice president; Gwen Scalpello, secretary; and Bob Fritch, treasurer.

Susan Frampton leads a board that has grown in strength and talent in recent years according to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Executive Director Nicola Ripley.

“Betty Ford Alpine Gardens has grown tremendously over the past few years.” Ripley said. “The addition of the Education Center has changed the organization tremendously. We are now open year-round and our education and plant conservation programs have increased exponentially.”

Additional board members are Susan Ford Bales, Kathy Borgen, Doe Browning, Michael Charles, Holly Elliott, Sheika Gramshammer, Dick Liebhaber, Jen Mason and Carey Firestone Romer.

Susan Frampton has been active in the community since the 1980s with many nonprofit organizations including Vail Mountain School, The Family Learning Center, the Vail Art in Public Places Board, The Bright Future Foundation and Colorado Humanities Council. She also has volunteered with the Vail Valley Foundation and Red Sandstone Elementary School. She and her husband, Harry Frampton, have a particular connection to Ford Park following Harry’s many years as president of the Vail Valley Foundation.

Susan Frampton’s involvement with Betty Ford Alpine Gardens was, in part, because of her love for flowers and the natural environment. She also has a desire to work with an educational entity that she feels is very important to the town of Vail. Susan was a good friend to First Lady Betty Ford, the wife of President Gerald R. Ford. “I always admired Mrs. Ford” Susan Frampton said. “I can’t think of a better way to remember her than to be involved in something that was named in her honor.”

Rogers moved to Vail in 1997. Prior to that, she was a part-time resident while balancing a career as a partner and corporate litigator for a Chicago law firm. Following her retirement Rogers quickly immersed herself in the community and served on a the Vail Town Council, Vail’s Design Review Board, Art in Public Places Board, Commission on Special Events and the Economic Council Advisory Committee. One of Rogers’ passions is protection of the natural environment.  She joined the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens board to further that interest and to help expand the community’s understanding of the unique alpine environment in which we live.  

Fritch, owner of the Sitzmark Lodge, is married to Helen Fritch, the founder and original visionary for Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The Fritches’ involvement has made a botanical garden in Vail possible. Scalpello first became involved in the Gardens in 2004 and has served the nonprofit in several roles including Board Secretary, Gift shop committee, and Volunteer Docent. A Colorado Master Gardner, Scalpello is actively engaged in the community.

For More information

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is located in Ford Park and an easy walk from Vail Village and Golden Peak. Self-guided and guided snowshoe tours are available with complimentary use of snowshoes. Additional winter programming includes photography workshops and kids’ learning activities are available. The Education Center at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 970-476-0103.