Plants, activities abound at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens |

Plants, activities abound at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens have over 3,000 species across 5 acres in Vail's Ford Park, including an Education Center and Alpine House, and activities for all ages throughout the summer.
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VAIL — With the addition of the Education Center, the roster of activities at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens will warrant multiple visits throughout the summer.

New this year are traveling educational exhibits. The first exhibit, Then & Now: the Changing Arctic Landscape, is on display through July 9 and vividly portrays the effects of climate change on arctic environment. Climatologist Joe Raimey will present on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. about changing temperatures in Colorado.

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From Aug. 11 though Oct. 1, Mushrooms: the Keys to the Kingdom Fung focuses on the ecology of mushroom-producing fungi and their significance to the environment. (Vera Stuckey Evenson, Colorado mycologist and author, will elaborate at an event on Aug. 9 beginning at 5 p.m.)

Throughout the summer, activities for children, public tours, Yoga in the Gardens and Chefs in the Gardens programs are available. The Education Center has daily activities and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yoga in the Gardens takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. beginning Monday. The cost is $12.

Every Thursday from July 7 through Aug. 11, Chef in the Gardens inspires the most casual cook to try new things.

Bluegrass in the Gardens takes place Wednesdays, June 29, July 6, July 13 and July 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Education Center’s rooftop terrace.

There are also workshops in landscaping, gardening and en plein air painting are also available through September.

For more information, please call 970-476-0103 or visit http://www.betty

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