Montana Nature March 04, 2016
Here Are The 8 Most Beautiful Gardens You’ll Ever See In Montana
Spring is almost upon us, and it’s a good thing, because most of the country has cabin fever. Welcome the new season with a nice, peaceful stroll through a garden or arboretum… Montana has plenty of beautiful options. Here are some of the best gardens in the state:
1. Memorial Rose Garden, Missoula
More than 2,500 rose bushes planted here serve as a memorial to the casualties and veterans of America’s 20th century wars and conflicts. Roses usually start to bloom mid-spring and last for months.
2. Tizer Botanic Gardens, Jefferson City
Montana’s only fully certified botanical garden and arboretum is home to thousands of plants, flowers and trees. They host events all spring and summer, and mothers get in free on Mother’s Day.
3. Gatiss Gardens, Kalispell
This English cottage-style garden is located just outside of Kalispell and is known for its beautiful perennials.
4. Montana Arboretum and Gardens, Bozeman
The small arboretum features native plants from the north Rocky Mountain region, the plains and the dryer parts ot the state.
5. Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, Butte
Butte’s first stamp mill is now a botanical garden that features a full scale re-creation of The Columbia Gardens Butterfly, a floral butterfly that was an important part of Butte’s history.
6. The International Larix Arboretum, Hungry Horse
This 1.2 acre arboretum is dedicated to the scientific study of the Larix. It’s open from April to October and free to tour, so it’s a perfect way to welcome spring.
7. Moss Mansion Historic House Museum, Billings
The Moss Mansion is a historical site that was designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who also designed the original Waldorf Astoria. Part of the mansion tour includes access to the beautiful gardens.
8. Bibler Home and Gardens, Kalispell
Bibler Gardens overlooks the Flathead Valley, the Swan Mountains and parts of Glacier Park. If you visit at the right time, you may even see one of the three species of swans that frequent the gardens.
What are your favorite local gardens to visit?