Betty Ford Alpine Gardens education center scheduled to open in July |

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens education center scheduled to open in July

Sandy Gregorak says she looks forward to building upon what she sees as “huge energy for the positive” as development director for Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
Photo courtesy Betty Ford Alpine Gardens | Special to the Daily |

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Operations and programs at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, are funded entirely through donors. For more information, call 970-476-0103 or visit

VAIL — The newest addition to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens opens in July, which means it’s under construction now.

Located next to the children’s playground in Ford Park, the Education Center & Alpine House will act as the Gardens’ centerpiece.

The new facility will allow the Gardens to showcase their beauty and knowledge of the Rocky Mountain ecosystems year round, said Nicola Ripley, the Gardens’ executive director.

The new building will house interactive exhibits, a cold greenhouse to grow and display alpine plants throughout the year and workstations for the Gardens conservation, environmental science and ornamental horticulture programs.

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“Betty Ford Alpine Gardens wants to be able to share their vast wealth of information, educational materials, plant specimens, photographs and knowledge with the public,” Ripley said.

Through their study of rare plants, contributions to seed banks and examination of climate change indicators, they’re working to preserve the natural beauty of the alpine environment for generations to come, Ripley said, and help spread environmental activism to thousands of visitors, young and old, each year.

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