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Montana Native Plant Society, Valley of Flowers Chapter

Bozeman, Ennis, Livingston Area

 Unless otherwise noted, all programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and take place in room 108 of the Plant Bioscience Building on the
west side of 11th Avenue, on the main MSU campus.

For further information contact Jeff Copeland: 539-6029

or Joanne Jennings

608 South 7th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-9585 


Interested in Native Plant Landscaping in our area? Click here

Programs and Activities

All programs and field trips are free and open to the public - non-members are welcome

Saturday May 5 -- Lichen Identification Walk (Bozeman)

9:00-12:00. Have you ever noticed the lichens while walking through the woods or climbing over rocks? Join Andrea Pipp, Botanist for the Montana Natural Heritage Program, on a hike to explore these interesting organisms. This will be an introduction to the more common lichens that grow on trees, shrubs, or rock. We’ll discover how to differentiate lichens from mosses, how to see characteristics that distinguish species, and learn the common and/or scientific names of what we discover. Meet at the Sourdough Canyon trailhead south of Bozeman, Bring snacks, water, and a hand-lens; expect leisurely but muddy walking. Leader: Andrea Pipp: email or (406) 444-3019.


Thursday, May 24. Plants for a Native Garden (Bozeman)

3:00 pm. The MSU Horticulture Farm west of campus hosts a Pollinator Garden that the Valley of Flowers Chapter helped to fund and install, as well as experimental plots where native plants for home, commercial, and public landscaping are trialed. Join Janice Hand and Professor Michelle Flenniken to tour the two adjacent areas and share ideas and experiences in gardening with Montana native plants. Meet at the Horticulture Farm: west of S. 19th Avenue, turn south off West Garfield, park at the first intersection and meet by the greenhouse. This will be a leisurely ramble, but in full sun. Leader: Janice Hand (219-7766)


Saturday, June 2 -- What's Blooming at the Buffalo Jump? (Bozeman)

9:30 am. Join Kelly Ranch owner and Montana Land Reliance Greater Yellowstone Manager Kathryn Kelly to explore the Kelly Ranch along the Gallatin River west of Bozeman. This private ranch includes lush cottonwood gallery forest, grassland, and sagebrush/juniper steppe habitats, plus well-preserved historic buildings and a pre-historic buffalo jump. It's protected by a conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance. Easy 2-3 hour walk on two-tracks and cattle trails. Meet in the southwest corner of the Gallatin Valley Mall parking lot (behind the pet store), to carpool. Info: Jeff Copeland (406-539-6029).


Sunday, June 3 -- Identifying Native Plants with the Experts (Big Sky)

9:30 am. Are you interested in learning some of the local sagebrush and Gallatin River flora? Join Matt Lavin and Kate Eisele to stroll the campus of Lone Peak High School, which features a native rain garden for trapping runoff and a mix of landscaped and disturbed sagebrush steppe vegetation. We'll then cross the highway to explore the riparian vegetation of the Gallatin River and the less-disturbed sagebrush steppe vegetation near the Porcupine Basin trailhead. This area is surprisingly diverse, with almost 100 different plant species. We'll take advantage of Matt's expertise in the identification of grasses and native sagebrush vegetation. Meet at the school, 45465 Gallatin Road. The walk will finish about noon. If interested, contact Kate Eisele 


Thursday, June 14 -- East Gallatin Recreation Area (Bozeman)

5:30 pm. Join Jeff Copeland for a short walk through the East Gallatin Recreation Area to look at native plants surviving historic disturbances – the area is the location of an old garbage dump -- and current intense recreational use and weed management. Conducted in partnership with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust as part of their Discovery Walks Program. Approximately one mile of easy walking on graveled trails through riparian deciduous forests. Meet in the parking lot at the end of the Gallatin Recreation Area access road, past the beach and bathrooms. The Gallatin Rec. Area access road is located off Manley Road. Leader: Jeff Copeland 539-6029. 


Saturday, July 7-- Bridger Foothills Wildflowers (Bozeman)

10:00 am. The open slopes of the Bridger Mountains that face west are a riot of blooms in early summer, while moisture-loving plants flower more quietly in the canyon bottoms below. Join Gretchen Rupp to see how many old plant friends we can identify and, perhaps, make new ones as well starting from the Truman Gulch trailhead. Meet at the north end of the old Kmart parking lot (across Oak St from Bozeman Walmart). Bring lunch and wear boots. The 3-mile walk includes a short but steep bushwhack. Leader: Gretchen Rupp  586-8363.


Saturday, July 14 -- Wild About Wildflowers (Bozeman)

10:00 am. Join Ryan Quire, botanist for Confluence Consulting, for a stroll through the lush wildflower displays in the meadows and open slopes of the Bridger Mountains.  The Shaft House trail offers a diversity of lovely plant species along with spectacular views of the Bridger and Crazy Mountain Ranges and Frazier Lake. The approximately 5-mile hike is moderately strenuous, starting at 6,000 feet and climbing to an elevation of 8,000 feet. Meet at the north end of the old K-mart parking lot (across Oak St. from Bozeman Walmart). Bring lunch and wear hiking boots. For more info contact Ryan at 502-330-8433, or by email.


Saturday, August 11: Mountain Meadow Stroll (Sheridan)

10:00 am. The subalpine meadows above Upper Branham Lake in the Tobacco Root range offer spectacular wildflower displays, and host three members of the Gentian Family (if our timing is right, there will be Arctic gentian). We'll meet at the USDA Service Center on the south end of Sheridan. The lake is accessed by an 11-mile drive on a road that is well-traveled but unpaved, with steep sections. The hike from Upper Branham Lake, at 9,510 ft. elevation, is a comfortable uphill, switch-backed, one mile. Time permitting, on the return trip we may stop and botanize at the Smugglers Mine town site. At the end of the trip with our wheels safely on pavement, we could also stop and admire Sheridan’s beautiful community garden, Jacksons Gardens. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Bergstrom, 581-6571.


The Valley Flowers Chapter maintains a native-plant garden  in central Bozeman, to demonstrate the principles of gardening to benefit pollinators. Here is a fact sheet about the garden.

Field Trip Report

Group of Valley of Flowers Hikers on 5-15-15

On a May day a while back, 9 curious folk joined Jeff Copeland to see what was in bloom in the foothills east of Bozeman. Quite a lot, as it turned out - Denise Montgomery compiled a list of 48 bloomers, nearly all of which the collective brain was able to identify to species. Chapter members look forward to these field trips, and newcomers are very welcome!



MAY 23, 2015



Amelanchier alnifolia -  Serviceberry

Anemone multifida - Cut-leaf Anemone

Anemone patens (Pulsitilla patens) - Pasque Flower

Antennaria microphylla rosea - Rosy pussytoes

Antennaria microphylla - Pussytoes

Arabis lyallii - Lyall's Rockcress

Arnica cordifolia - Heartleaf Arnica

Balsamorhiza sagittata - Arrowleaf balsamroot

Castilleja suphurea - Sulphur Paintbrush

Cerastium sp. - Chickweed

Claytonia sp. - Spring beauty

Clematis hirsuitissima -  Sugar Bowl Clematis

Clematis occidentalis - Western Blue Virgin's Bower

Delphinium bicolor - Little Larkspur

Dodecatheon sp. - Shooting Star

Draba sp.

Erythronium grandiflorum - Glacier Lily

Fragaria virginiana - Strawberry

Frasera speciosa - Green Gentian/Monument Plant

Fritillaria pudica - Yellow Bells

Geranium viscossisimum - Sticky geranium

Geum triflorum - Prairie smoke

Hackelia floribunda - Many -flowered Stickseed/Forget-me- not

Hydrophyllum capitatum - Ball-headed waterleaf

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and plant communities."