Native Plant Society Garden Talk Wednesday April 15th

Ah yes it is tax day tomorrow and what better way to spend it then learning how to install a Native Plant Garden. Join the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society (MNPS) tomorrow night for a free program on Native Plant Gardening  April 15th at 7 pm at Montana Wild at 2668 Broadwater Avenue in Helena.  The program is being presented by Madeline Mazurski and Clare Beelman who are members of the MNPS Clark Fork Chapter.  Madeline is Co-President of the Clark Fork Chapter.  Madeline and Clare are Co-Chairs of the state MNPS Landscape/Publications Committee.  

The MNPS has funded native plant gardening projects in many areas of Montana.  Madeline and Clare are traveling to and reviewing many of those gardens in the Billings, Bozeman, Townsend, and Helena area.  What has worked?  What has not?  They will be presenting preliminary results of their Native Plant Garden Tour.  They are focusing on public gardens, particularly ones funded by the MNPS Small Grants Fund or local MNPS Chapters.  Their conclusions are very applicable to the home landscape.  They also want to raise the awareness of the public native plant gardens in our area so people can visit these examples.

Madeline Mazurski has a BS in Botany and a BLA & MLA in Landscape Architecture.  Her business is Montana Native Landscapes in Missoula which she has run for 18 years, specializing in native plant and water-wise landscape design.  

Clare Beelman has her Master Gardener certification from Utah, have designed, installed and maintained gardens of plants that are native or well-adapted to the western landscape over the past two decades.  She has volunteered as a gardener at the Montana Native Botanic Garden on the University of Montana campus for about five years.  Clare has selected and grown many different species of Montana native plants for the MNPS Clark Fork Chapter’s annual plant sale with a goal of providing native plants to gardeners that will do well in a horticultural setting.

Yes, spring is here!  Hope

you can make it for a fun-filled evening and discussion. Also check out the Wildlife Demonstration Garden out back designed and installed by the Helena Garden Club with the assistance of Master Gardeners, MNPS and Montana Wild while you are there. The garden contains over 100 varieties of Montana Native Plants. 


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