I had discovered the Betty Ford Alpine Garden in Vail, Colorado in a AAA tour guide. It turned out to be a little tricky to find: the GPS was hopeless. But we eventually got there and it was well worth the effort. Below is the large iron gate that serves as the entryway.
It is a beautiful garden planted to honor Betty Ford, who had just recently died when we were there.
Look at the wooden rails.
Columbine is the state flower and there were many colors of columbine in the garden. (This carved stone sparrow was huge.)
These flowers below are not identified, but do not appear to be columbine.
The poppies were just extraordinary!
and just look at the lupines!
Such a gift, as the garden is open free to the public.