Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is pleased to offer a number of fun, interactive programs to introduce you to the natural world of the gardens and to educate and deepen your connection with nature. We’ll even cook for you!

    Guided Tours

    Yoga in the Gardens

    Chefs in the Gardens

    Garden Volunteer Days

    Photography Workshops

    Painting in the Gardens


    Guided Tours

    Take a tour with a knowledgeable docent and learn more about the gardens, the plants within it and the history. Allow about 45 mins to 1 hour. Pick up a ticket at the Schoolhouse and meet at the main entry gate.

    Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am
    Offered Memorial Day through Labor Day


    $5 per person

    For groups larger than 10 please Click Here for a garden tour reservation form

    Yoga in the Gardens

    Join our Garden yogi’s for a flowing yoga practice set in nature’s studio! The sounds of birds and waterfalls fill the air as you engage in a practice that invites more health and happiness into your life, pose by pose and breath by breath. Seasoned yogis and complete beginners alike will find benefit in this unique experience of communing with nature through yoga. Mats available.

    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00-10:15 am
    Offered Memorial Day through Labor Day

    $12 per person

    Chefs in the Gardens

    Live cooking demonstrations from local chefs from area restaurants, share culinary tips and recipes. Check out the website for the updated list of Chefs.

    Thursdays at noon
    July 10- August 14

    $5 per person

    Garden Volunteer Days

    Come and join us in the Gardens for an informal work session. Tools and gloves provided. Please bring water and a hat- instruction provided.

    Mondays & Thursdays 9:00 am to Noon
    Offered May through September. FREE

    Photography Workshops – something for everyone

    NEW this summer – Amy Shutt

    All day photography workshop 8.30AM – 3.30PM July 25, featuring celebrated photographer Amy Shutt from Baton Rouge, LA

    For more information on the  workshop go to our calendar or to make a reservation call the office at (970) 476-0103 x 3. Space limited.

    $135 members $150 non-members

    Amy Shutt Photography and Workshops

     Jon Sheppard

    Date: Wednesday, June 24th, Wednesday, July 8th, Wednesday, July 22th, Wednesday, Aug 5th

    Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

    Price: Free

    Award winning photographer John Sheppard has conducted photography workshops in the Gardens for eight years. The workshops teach about the use of light, composition, exposure, and framing. Dave Stevens, a photography workshop student from Sun Lakes Arizona remarked “I learned much more than I expected about outdoor photography.  John explained about using depth-of-field to enhance scenery photos, shutter speed to enhance water effects and more.”   Participants are asked to bring a camera and tripod.

    The workshop is free but donations are encouraged.  For more information contact Jon Sheppard at

    Painting in the Gardens

    Cheryl St. John – Plein Air Painting Workshop

    Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015,  Thursday, July 16, 2015,  Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Price:$ 60

    Come join us for a fun day of painting colorful alpine flowers at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. All levels of painters are welcome and must have their own supplies. We will be working on composition, design, color mixing and how to simplify to make a beautiful painting. Workshops will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. We will take a lunch break in the garden, so bring a sack lunch to enjoy amidst the flowers. Contact Cheryl to register at or 303-947-4428.