Kelsey Chapter

Kelseya uniflora in bloom
 Kelseya uniflora, the mascot plant of the Montana Native Plant Society, is named for its discoverer, Francis Kelsey, namesake of the Kelsey Chapter. (Peter Lesica photo)


The Kelsey Chapter serves native plant enthusiasts in the greater Helena area. Programs are held throughout the year at various locations in Helena. Watch for announcements below and in the Helena Independent Record.

For more information about Kelsey Chapter programs and events:

Kathy Lloyd
503 State Street
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 449-6586(406) 449-6586

Patrick Plantenberg (Programs)

133 Maple Street

Townsend MT 59644

(406) 444-4960(406) 444-4960 


Interested in Native Plant Landscaping in our area? Click here 

Programs and Activities:


The Kelsey Chapter has emerged out of presidential bankruptcy and is staying alive. Patrick Plantenberg is in charge of program planning (contact 431-4615), Bob Person has taken on fi eld trip scheduling (contact 443-4678), and Kathy Lloyd has returned as the president once again!

The Chapter awarded a $500 grant to the Townsend School District for a native plant garden to be installed this fall and next spring.

Here are draft plans for upcoming programs and field trips to date. Everything here is tentative. Other options could be added to or replace any of these. Dates, times, and details might also be changed.

Saturday, December 6, 6:00 p.m.: Holiday Potluck at the Dive Bakery in Helena (venue thanks to Scott Mincemoyer) Bring a dish to share, your ideas for the Chapter, your botanical photo work, and good cheer.

January-February 2015: Scott Mincemoyer will teach a hands-on warm season grass identification class at Carroll College using pressed specimens. Come warm up your botany skills as you learn these warm season species that most cool season botanists don’t often see in late summer. Date and final details TBA.   

 Chapter Projects


The Flora of Mount Helena  The Flora of Mount Helena database includes most of the nearly 300 vascular plant species found on Mount Helena. The database is maintained by the Lewis and Clark Library and updated by the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. Click here to access the database online.

The Flora of Mount Helena permanent specimen collection is housed in the Montana section at the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena. The collection is arranged alphabetically by scientific name. Nomenclature follows Dorn 1984. An index is provided that allows cross-referencing by common name and common family name. Click here for a pdf file of the species list.

The Flora of Mount Helena collection is a joint project of the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society and the Lewis and Clark Library. The Kelsey Chapter formally donated the specimen collection to the Lewis and Clark Library in 1999.

For more information about the collection or to make suggestions, call the Montana Native Plant Society at 406-449-6586406-449-6586 .