Vail’s Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offers full slate of summer events |

Vail’s Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offers full slate of summer events

Daily staff report
Special to the Weekly

VAIL — Celebrating 25 years of botanical excellence and alpine conservation this summer, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is not only one of the most beautiful locations in Vail, it also offers enrichment opportunities for the palate, the body and the mind.

Thursdays from July 11 through Aug. 15, the botanical gardens offers Chefs in the Gardens. Top local chefs share their culinary secrets, working with local and organic foods and offering plenty of tastings. The program begins at noon. Space is limited and the cost is $5 per person.

Vinyasa Yoga is held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. beginning this Monday. A mat is required. Individuals experience the tranquility of the mountains and the beauty of the gardens. Local yoga instructors Emily Moyer and Beth Esser conduct the classes.

“Spending time in nature and practicing yoga are two of my greatest passions,” Moyer said. “Combing the two is a perfect union.”

Horticulture therapy is a multi-disciplinary profession whose benefits are physical, psychological, social and spiritual. On Tuesdays, June 11 and 18, July 9, 23 and 30, the gardens conduct horticultural therapy classes to connect nature with wellness. Group horticultural therapy classes are also provided. The gardens awards scholarships for disadvantaged groups. To arrange for an individual or group class, visit the website or call 970-476-0103, ext. 3, for more information.

Fairy Gardens also allows guests to use their imagination and restore a connection with nature. Participants pay $25 to create and take home their own enchanting, miniature Fairy Garden. The Fairy Gardens workshops are available on Tuesdays, June 25, July 16 and Aug. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fairy wings are optional!

Award-winning photographer John Sheppard conducts photography workshops on Wednesday, July 10 and 31, Aug. 7 and 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. Discussions on the use of light, composition, exposure and framing will be explained. Participants are asked to bring a camera and tripod. The workshop is free, but donations are encouraged.

And if beauty is what you are looking for, nature’s glory abounds. Guided Docent Tours, where individuals learn about more than 3,000 plant species and native flora, take place every Monday, Thursday and Saturday through Labor Day, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, located in the heart of Ford Park, are the highest botanical garden in North America, providing free access to an estimated 100,000 visitors annually.

The gardens are open to the public from dawn until dusk throughout the year. In addition to its adult programs, the gardens engage youth by exploring and experimenting with nature. A complete list of activities and events is available at http://www.bettyford or by calling 970-476-0103, ext. 3.

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