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Annual Report October 1, 2018 September 30, 2019

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT It’s always an interesting time at year end to reflect back on the highs and lows of the preceding months. The frenzy of summer activity has died down and we are in the quiet period before the snow falls and Vail comes alive again. This year we are in the throes of Strategic Planning, evaluating what has been accomplished and looking to envision the future of the Gardens. Planning is such a valuable exercise, requiring us to think carefully about the path that got us to where we are today and also to keep an open mind to new possibilities ahead. Thanks to all of you in the report here, we held our most ambitious exhibit, Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots, and had National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson here with his Women Farmers of the World showing in all valley libraries. Learning about the pitfalls of modern agriculture and the work being done to combat the mistakes made was truly eye opening. We installed new interpretive panels and kiosks in the outdoor gardens to make sure every visitor can really understand what the Garden is all about. In addition we completely re-built the entry perennial border opposite the Schoolhouse, what an impact. We made the first seed collections as part of our North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Alpine Plant Conservation, banking the seed forever in the national seed vault. I hope you enjoy our summary of another eventful year and look forward to sharing with you our new vision for the future. With gratititude,

NICOLA RIPLEY Executive Director

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the first to re-create the US Botanic Garden's most popular exhibit from 2015.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens hosted their most ambitious exhibit to date with 20-ft long roots hanging from the ceiling. From June 27 to November 2, over 12,000 visitors were awed by the size of perennial roots, inspired by their role in the future of sustainable agriculture, and driven to conversation about what is happening beneath the soil.

INTERPRETATION PROJECT The Gardens opened the eyes of visitors to its unique plant collections thanks to the generosity of Susan and Harry Frampton. New permanent and changeable interpretive panels were designed and installed in the Gardens and throughout Ford Park. They help tell the story of the plants and their ecosystems, convey the importance of the alpine botanic collections, and enhance overall visitor experience.

2 entrance kiosks (North Entrance and Main Entrance) 18 interpretive panels 5 changeable and movable exhibit stands 3 donation boxes

YEAR IN REVIEW Exhibits Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots Jim Richardson's Women Farmers photography exhibit in all 4 local libraries plus Colorado Mountain College Garden Updates & Additions Interpretation project throughout the Gardens Roadside perennial garden renovation First bloom of the Silk Road Garden Betty's Market, an interactive farmers market for children Back to Nature trail native plant walk Intermediate riparian snowshoe tour in addition to tree tour Schoolhouse gift shop ice cream cart for all Ford Park Conservation & Research Implementation of strategic collections for the North American Strategy for Alpine Plant Conservation including collections on Mt. Evans with Denver Botanic Gardens Joined Center for Plant Conservation and continue participation in Global Plant Genome Project Education, Programs & Events 16,106 visitors to the Education Center Family Discovery Tour with perennial root prize Après at the Gardens 4-part expert speaker series with new collaboration Vail Public Library Vermiculture station 6 specialized garden workshops 6 sellout Chefs in the Gardens 39 yoga sessions on the Alpine Plaza by the waterfall 13 garden photography classes 41 public tours and 17 private tours (summer) 34 snowshoe tours and over 400 snowshoers 24th Butterfly Launch with 538 third grade students School trips from Summit county first graders, STEM, EVOM, and Battle Mountain High School Roots Grand Opening/Member Breakfast, Garden Soiree, and Tea on the Terrace Intern Program Claire Pirio (California) Delainey Williams (Michigan) Brittney Marshall (Virginia) Eagle Valley Outdoor Movement environmental leadership career development high school intern




in memory of

HELEN & BOB FRITCH Helen was the visionary founder of the Gardens without whom there would be no Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. With the never wavering support of Bob, Helen created the first Board of Trustees and together with Betty Ford turned the first shovel of dirt. For the next thirty years Helen and then later Bob were an integral part of the leadership team and contributed more than generously both financially and with their time and encouragement. They will never be forgotten and we look forward to sharing ideas for keeping their legacy alive.

Robert Fowler Fritch Teri and Robert Anderson Karen Baird Kathy and Erik Borgen Kristen Busse Liz Campbell Nora B Courier Melissa Ebone Patricia and George Edmonds Jennifer Ellis Rebecca Erickson Faye and Richard Herriott Greg Galvin Suzi Apple Myron and Grazyna Grauer Martha Head

Nicola Ripley and Danny Johnson L. L'Enfant & L. Shapiro Carl Lyons Eleanore Lyons Lisa and Chuck Mangus Marlene Pakish Paula and Oran Palmateer Joan Potter Milena P Roos Shawn E Rudy SuEsta Scott Beth and Rod Slifer Suzanne and Paul Norris June Tiegarden Joseph VanAndel Joan Whittenberg

Helen Spencer Fritch Jerry Anderson Sharon A. and Louis M. Balius M.Vaughn Bollard and C.Plowden Bridges Kathy and Erik Borgen Lynn and Jim Chapin Gail Day Kathy and Brian Doyle Roger and Jeff Egli-Smith Jennifer Ellis Greg Galvin Linda Galvin Martha Head Joan Koprivnikar L. L'Enfant & L. Shapiro

*The generous gifts made in honor of the Fritch's after 9/30 will be reflected in next year's report.

Marlene Pakish Barbara Palermo Margo and Roger Behler SuEsta Scott Fran Simon Suzanne and Paul Norris

Helen and Bob Judy and Bill Creason Anne Marie and John Mueller


Pat Anderson Candy Arbour Gerhard Assenmacher Richard Bailey Mary Bates Ruth Bersagel BMHS Pathways Class Laura Bohannan Anne Brown Carol Calcaterra Sally Clair Sandy Collier Anne(Sam) Decker Brian Doyle Kathy Doyle Marilyn Eisenhard Paul Ferzacco Donna Foutz Eagle County Courts Joe Frietze Catherine Gassman Pamela Gross Molly Harrison Colleen Higgins Sally Horn Emiko Hull B J Knez Don Laughlin Marion Laughlin Bitzie Lee Ingrid Lindquist Ann Louthan Bob Louthan Carol Lovell Daniel Maguire Helen McIntyre Patricia Lynn McManus Susan Narduzzi Margaret Nelson Gail O'Brien Barbara Palermo Timm Paxson Liz Paxson Eric Rietenbach Michael Rose Gwen Scalpello Denyse Schrenker Jo-Una Spadafora Maureen Stiner Rob Swimm Joyce Toth Judy Turtletaub Carol Walker Karla Wall Martin Woods Lisa Yacono Vail Mountain School

Sustainability Review 868 gallons diverted from landfill to recycling (49% of total waste) Addition of 100% food waste compost program -70 gallons redirected to become soil Exclusive use of organic, nonfossil fuel produced fertilizer and pesticide

Implementation of plastic film wrap and cork recycling

15% decrease in Education Center energy usage

All products in the gift shop are sustainably packaged to elimate harmful materials Actively Green standards and staff certified as Restore the Gore Partner with expertise in sustainable native landscaping

To deepen understanding and promote conservation of alpine plants and fragile mountain environments Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Established in 1986, the Gardens is known for its alpine horticulture, education, and conservation.

Board of Directors Susan Frampton President Gwen Scalpello Secretary Mary Beth Ottley Treasurer Kelly Bronfman Kathy Borgen Doe Browning Pedro Campos Holly Elliott Jeanne Fritch Sheika Gramshammer Dick Liebhaber Jennifer Mason Liz Paxson

Staff Nicola Ripley Executive Director Melissa Ebone Development Director Nanette Kuich Education Director Nick Courtens Curator of Plant Collections Ellen Lorenz Operations Manager Colin Lee Horticulturist Jeri Powles Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Susan Swimm Gift Shop Buyer Mary Kelly Zeleskey Gift Shop Assistant Manager

522 S. Frontage Road East Vail, CO 81657 (970) 476-0103 bettyfordalpinegardens.org

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