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The Flathead Chapter serves the greater Flathead, Northwest Montana, and Glacier National Park area. Monthly meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month in October, November, and January through April at Teakettle Community Hall 235 Nucleus Ave. in Columbia Falls. Programs start at 7 unless otherwise noted. We also encourage members to attend the 5:30 general meetings to discuss and plan Plant Society activities and business. Feel free to bring your sack supper. For for more information, contact Rachel Potter, 892-2446 or:
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Wednesday, 4/17 7 pm. Montana Plant Geography Montana lies in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains floristic provinces, but some of our floristic richness, especially our rare plants, comes from more distant provinces. These plants find a home in distinct parts of the state. Pete Lesica’s talk will explore the common and the rare, where they are found and how they got here.
Wednesday 5/15 7 pm. Native Plant Gardening with Laura Law Presentation and garden tour.
Events and Field Trips
High and Dry: Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants available at a discount
Glacier Discovery Square
The Glacier Discovery Square is the new center for Flathead Valley culture, history, community and visitor education, as well as the future home of the Columbia Falls branch of the Flathead County Library. It is in the town square and commerce center of Columbia Falls. This effort is being driven by the grassroots community organization, The First Best Place Task Force. Their name, "First Best Place," reflects the notion that the Columbia Falls area is the oldest community in the Flathead Valley.
A wide variety of diverse individuals and organizations have volunteered to contribute their skills and efforts to the task force. Among these groups is North Valley Music School, whose mission is to enrich the musical life of the community through music education and performance. They have been making music in Whitefish for the past 10 years and currently have over 600 students a year from babies to retirees. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce, Flathead Valley Community College, and the local Rotary chapter have joined the effort. Terry Divoky, Elizabeth Nauertz and Joyce Lapp from the Flathead Chapter of the MNPS have begun a partnership by consulting with the First Best Place Task Force to create native plant demonstration gardens throughout the Discovery Square. For more information about Glacier Discovery Square and First Best Place, visit http://firstbestplace.org/.