Betty Ford Gardens in Vail host volunteer training Monday |

Betty Ford Gardens in Vail host volunteer training Monday

VAIL — On Monday, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is hosting a training day for volunteers beginning at 9 a.m. at the Garden Shed. Refreshments will be served. The best way to access the shed is through the new northeast entrance of the Gardens just past the concession stand and adjacent to the southeast corner of the ball fields in Ford Park.

“Volunteers learn about high altitude gardening, fine-tune gardening techniques, and develop friendships that can last a lifetime,” said Jerri Powles, the gardens’ volunteer coordinator.

Nick Courtnes, the gardens’ senior horticulturist, directs the volunteers two days a week.

“Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is dependent on volunteers to create and maintain nearly five acres of cultivated gardens,” he said. “Volunteers are so important to the operations of the gardens, and we provide the most incredible outdoor classroom.”

Volunteers are needed every Monday and Thursday anytime between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. from Monday through September.

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For individuals who don’t care to dig in the dirt, help is needed to assist at the new Education Center, lead information tours or assist with the gardens’ retail operation.

Education Center & Alpine House

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is debuting the Education Center & Alpine House this summer. The center, located next to the playground and adjacent to the Rock Garden path, is designed to teach residents and visitors about the alpine environment and provide a home to the gardens’ botanical research projects and daily operations. Volunteers are needed to help receive guests and answer questions. The building will be open daily 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting in July and running through Labor Day weekend. Offseason and winter hours are available.

Tour Guides

Volunteers are also needed to lead public and private garden tours. Public tours are held every Monday, Thursday and Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, located in the heart of Ford Park, is the highest botanical garden in the world. The Gardens is free and accessible to all with a suggested $5 admission. Educational programs for adults and children occur daily throughout the summer. For more information, visit or call 970-476-0103.

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