Betty Ford Alpine Gardens looking for volunteers for spring, summer |

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens looking for volunteers for spring, summer

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Barbara Palermo, left, a seasoned volunteer, at an end-of-season party for Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The Gardens are currently looking for volunteers for the spring and summer seasons. Volunteer opportunities vary from gardening to retail and from special events to office work.
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What: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens volunteer spring kickoff.

When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 9.

Where: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center, 530 South Frontage Road E., Vail.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-476-0103, ext. 3, or visit

VAIL — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is gearing up for a busy summer, and volunteers are needed to make it all possible. A volunteer spring kickoff and potluck lunch will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday at the Gardens’ Education Center.

“It takes an enormous effort to run the gardens, and we couldn’t do it without the help of the volunteers,” said Nick Courtens, Alpine Gardens senior horticulturist.

Volunteering at the gardens is a great way to meet new friends, learn about plants that thrive in the Rocky Mountains and brush up on various gardening techniques. Volunteer opportunities vary from gardening to retail and from special events to office work.

“We like to identify volunteers’ interests and match those interests with the work needed to ensure the gardens are flourishing,” said Jeri Powles, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens volunteer coordinator.

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Outdoor classroom

The gardens were founded by a small group of volunteers more than 28 years ago and have evolved into one of the finest alpine botanical gardens in the world.

“Volunteers are central to the operations of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and we provide the most beautiful outdoor classroom around,” Powles said.

Event and office volunteers are needed Mondays through Saturdays through May and seven days per week in June, July and August. Volunteers interested in gardening are needed in the mornings on Mondays and Thursdays from May through the end of September.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, in Vail’s Ford Park, is the highest altitude botanical garden in North America, providing free access to an estimated 100,000 visitors annually. The gardens are home to more than 3,000 species of plants, traveling exhibits, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, yoga, bluegrass concerts and more. In addition, the alpine gardens are actively involved in researching and conserving alpine plants and the fragile mountain environment.

For more information, visit or call 970-476-0103, ext. 3.

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