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Vail’s Betty Ford Alpine Gardens honored

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL, Colorado – America’s highest botanical garden, Vail’s Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, has won the 2009 Award for Garden Excellence from Horticulture magazine.

“It is a tribute to our volunteers and staff that Betty Ford Alpine Gardens has been honored with this national award. We want to use this opportunity to encourage our visitors, as well as those in our community from Gypsum to Vail, to become members of the Gardens,” says Deane Hall, president the Gardens’ Board of Trustees.

“With greater community support, we will be able to expand our environmental stewardship and education programs, as well as keep up our much-heralded garden in Ford Park,” Hall says.

Created by the American Public Gardens Association in 2003, the Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence is given annually to a public garden that exemplifies the highest standards of horticulture. The award also recognizes gardens that encourage gardening students, have outstanding plant displays and use environmentally friendly practices.

“This award was created to recognize some of the most wonderful gardens in North America,” says Dan Stark, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association. “Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ joining such an elite group of public gardens says a lot about their hard work creating, maintaining and growing a truly wonderful botanic garden in such a trying environment.”

For more information on the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, call 970-476-0103, ext. 3, or visit

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