On July 12 at 5:30PM, Explore presents local freelance writer Sarah Chase Shaw and photographer Todd Winslow Pierce for a discussion of On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains: the Botanical Legacy of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. This tabletop book celebrates the legacy of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the highest botanical garden in North America, and its focus on the global reach of the alpine ecosystem. Shaw’s deep knowledge of and love for the Rocky Mountain landscape is evident as she takes readers above treeline, both in Colorado and around the world, weaving a story about a unique landscape that is bound to appeal to garden lovers, alpine plant enthusiasts, and conservationists. Pierce’s plant portraits brim with exquisite detail, and include stunning close-ups of beloved and exotic alpine species from around the world. “Sarah’s descriptive writing is accompanied by captivating photography of landscapes that few visit and even fewer inhabit . . . it’s sure to be a hit with garden lovers.” Western Art & Architecture. “On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains ...educates the reader on what the alpine regions are, the risks they face, and how botanic gardens can be key in efforts to understand and preserve delicate alpine ecosystems.” Josh Tychonievich Rock Garden Quarterly.