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Vail’s alpine garden seeks volunteer tour guides

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado” The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado is looking for tour guides to volunteer this spring and summer.

The only qualifications are good customer-service skills, comfort speaking to small groups of people and an in Vail’s mountain environment. Of course, a knowledge of gardening and alpine plants doesn’t hurt.

Volunteers are needed from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day to lead visitors on free, one-hour tours. Volunteers are typically needed on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting at 10:30 a.m.

“I love the gardens, and I love having fun with people, so the tours are very rewarding to me,” says Juliana Maes, who’s been volunteering as a docent at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for four years. “My favorite groups are the ones that ask a lot of questions ” that’s when I give my best tours.”

At 8,250 feet above sea level, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the highest botanical garden in the United States. About 100,000 people visit every year.

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Last year, about two dozen docents and other volunteers gave 44 public tours and 19 private tours.

Anyone interested in becoming a docent or volunteer, should attend the gardens’s free annual volunteers spring luncheon on Friday, from noon to 2 p.m. at Lord Gore Restaurant, at Manor Vail in Vail Village. For more information or to RSVP, call 970-476-0103, ext. 3.

The garden also is seeking volunteers for gardening, for the Alpine Treasures gift shop, organizing fundraisers

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