Betty Ford Alpine Gardens celebrates 28 years with anniversary event July 20 |

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens celebrates 28 years with anniversary event July 20

Daily staff report
Events at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens this week include the Alpine Gardens’ Celebration, accompanied by Bluegrass in the Gardens, on Wednesday, July 20, and Chefs in the Gardens on Thursday, July 21, featuring Green Elephant Juicery.
John-Ryan Lockman | Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: Alpine Gardens’ Celebration.

When: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20.

Where: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center, Ford Park, Vail.

Cost: Free.

More information: Email Lorrie Cardwell at, or call 970-476-0103, ext. 3.

VAIL — The second annual Alpine Gardens’ Celebration, accompanied by Bluegrass in the Gardens, is today from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center in Vail’s Ford Park.

Award-winning bluegrass musicians Head for the Hills will perform the final Bluegrass in the Gardens concert from 1 to 2 p.m., with family lawn games and refreshments available from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is celebrating 28 years this summer and its first full summer in the new Education Center. The year will see increased programming, with traveling educational exhibits, intimate evenings with experts in the fields of alpine plants and related topics, culinary experiences, bluegrass concerts and family and youth activities.

Up next at the Gardens

Green Elephant Juicery returns to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ Chefs in the Gardens series on Thursday, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater lobby. Executive chef Osha Groetz will prepare almond feta with crudite, pesto quinoa and strawberry-cashew cheesecake to round out the menu. The cost for the program is $5.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Established in 2014, Green Elephant Juicery is a local, 100 percent organic cafe that serves cold-pressed juices, house-made smoothies, snacks, entrees and desserts. Green Elephant uses a state-of-the-art, two-stage juicer to grind and press ingredients into fresh juice. With low temperatures and no pasteurization, this delivers the highest possible amount of nutrients and enzymes.

Green Elephant’s mission is simple — make it easy for people to eat healthy foods — and Groetz and partner Leo Flynn said they look forward to sharing quick tips to making delicious, nutritious food for people on the go.

Chefs in the Gardens is a six-week summer program at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offering an intimate live cooking experience. Local chefs from area restaurants demonstrate cooking techniques and share culinary tips and recipes, and participants receive a sampling of the prepared food following the demonstration. Current members of the Gardens may call the Gardens at 970-476-0103, ext. 3, to reserve a seat for the program prior to the event.

Learn more about these and other events at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens at

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