If you ask visitors to our county what Vail is known for, I’m sure most will say world-class skiing. But, those of us who live here year-round know there’s a rich history in our valley and so much more to see. If you’ve never taken a walk around the beautiful Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, you simply must. Once you do, you should pick up a copy of On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains. In it, you will find beautiful photography, valley history, and world-class botany and horticulture on par with our world-class skiing.— From What Christopher is reading
Alpine conservation, rare and endangered species, and biodiversity are the focus of world-renowned Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado.
On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains presents an informative narrative and photographic journey through of one of the most beautiful and distinguished high altitude (8,200 feet) botanical gardens in the world. Throughout the pages garden and flower pictures taken by noted professional photographers showcase several hundred of the more than 3,000 plant species in its vast collection. The Gardens are a respected leader in research and propagation, conservation, and education.
About the Author
Western Colorado-based writer and landscape architect Sarah Chase Shaw has authored two garden books: Garden Legacy: The Residential Gardens of Design Workshop and New Gardens of the American West. Her most recent book, Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks: The Story of Knapp Ranch, received the 2018 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Wrangler award for Outstanding Art/Photography Book.