A passion for skiing and mountains brought Nick Courtens to Vail, Colorado in the spring of 2010.

By then, Nick had completed the Professional Horticulture program at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. After his summer internship at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, alpine plants and rock gardening quickly became Nick's new passion. Over time, Nick became the Curator of Plant Collections at Betty Ford where he oversees the maintenance, design, propagation and curation of the living collections. In recent years, Nick has been responsible for building several new rock gardens, perennial gardens and an alpine house while also participating in seed collecting in the rocky mountains and travelling abroad to learn about alpine environments and gardens. 


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