Our Board of Directors

We are registered as a nonprofit organization in the State of Colorado. We received our 501(c) 3 status with the IRS in December 2018. Our current volunteer members of the board of directors bring a diverse set of experience and skills to Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens. They are: 

  • Garima Fairfax, President
  • Kris Todd, Vice President and Treasurer
  • Anthea Rice, Vice President
  • Betzy Ekstam, Secretary
  • Deirdre Daly, Director

Carter Christenson is a long time volunteer and serves as our chief advisor for all things related to wildlife.

We also boast a rotating group of about 25 volunteers who are committed to enthusiastically helping us build the display gardens. 

If you'd like to be added to our email list of volunteers, please contact us using the form below, or email Garima Fairfax at garima@rmbg.org

Garima Fairfax, President

Garima is a botanist, ecologist, herbalist, and a Colorado State University Master Gardener. She has over 25 years of experience teaching botany and medicine-making. She has expertise in garden design, greenhouse management, and growing native plants. Garima worked as a botanist and herbarium curator for the US Forest Service in California specializing in the ecology of rare and endangered plants. She is the author and illustrator of a vegetarian botany cookbook, and created her own herbal skin care business using homegrown organic herbs. Garima serves on the Lyons Ecology Board and the Lyons Weed Posse.

Kris Todd, Vice President and Treasurer

Kris’ gardening enthusiasm began in the early 1970's at Colorado State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. She then worked in local nurseries and greenhouses for 40 years, growing plants from seed and helping customers choose plants. She had her own business in the 80's raising native plants from seed in her greenhouse and selling them in Lyons, and she volunteered at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Rock Alpine Garden. Kris is a Colorado Master Gardener, with a degree in Landscape Design from the Professional Career Institute, and is a Colorado gardening expert.

Anthea RiceVice President

Starting with a childhood delight in the local wildflowers, Anthea went on to build a 35 year career in residential landscape design and installations, specializing in native, sustainable, and naturalistic practices. She brings her experience in organizing and supervising all phases of design and construction to the Rocky Mountain Botanical Garden project.

Betzy Ekstam, Secretary

Betzy has a BFA from Colorado State University with emphasis in graphic design, painting and art history. She has experience in graphic/web design and photography as well as events planning and customer service. She has also worked as a landscaper and has specific interests in high alpine plants and high plains native grasses and is currently working on updating her home garden with native and fire resistant plants. She enjoys Plein Air painting and hiking throughout the region.

Deirdre Daly, Director

Deirdre is retired from 40 years of government and nonprofit work in Washington, D.C. and Colorado. She brings her experience in public administration, grant writing and grant administration, government affairs, project management, procurement and compliance, marketing and public relations, outreach and stakeholder communications, event production and logistics, and organizational operations to the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens. She loves to garden and learn about native plants and pollinators.

Carter Christenson, Chief Advisor, Volunteer

Carter is a retired USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Manager (formerly called the Soil Conservation Service).  He has considerable experience with watershed planning, emergency watershed protection, stream restoration & wildlife surveying and management.  He received a BS in Fish and Wildlife Management and MS in Biology from the University of North Dakota and has been a Wildlife Society certified wildlife biologist. His farming, soil conservation and backyard gardening experience add knowledge to the development of the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens.

Our Wonderful Volunteers

Peggy Story, Emily Walker, Linda Talley, Sandy Spellman Cathy Rivers, Bonnie DiSalvo, Rick DiSalvo,  Jessie Berta-Thompson, Zach Berta-Thompson, Sharon Denton, Cindy Kalyan, Caroline Schoo, Eileen Yelverton, Mike Karavas, Barney Dreistadt, Calista Morrill, Carter Christenson, Betzy Ekstam, Garima Fairfax

Contact Us

Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens
PO Box 613
Lyons, CO 80540  

Lyons, CO