The call went out in May from the Montana Native Plant Society Flathead Chapter and Flathead Audubon for pictures and stories about the native plants you are growing in your gardens and local landscapes. Now in August, as our gardens and yards are becoming fully developed, it is a good time to start taking those pictures and to record what has worked for you – and what hasn’t. The goal is to use your pictures and stories to develop a program for spring of 2022 that will share these photos and reports so we can all learn from each other what native plants and techniques are working in specific growing conditions and varied ecosystems of the Flathead Valley. Click here to read the original May invitation to participate in this project. (Note that the email address given in this original invitation is out of date; please submit your material to the address given below.)

            To send your photos (jpg format) and stories or for more information about this project email Kathy Ross at You may send up to 2 pictures, and please include any of the following details you are comfortable sharing: plant names, your name, address or the part of the valley where you live, and a short description of the growing conditions (sun or shade, prairie, forest, riparian, or wetlands, amended soil or sandy) – whatever you think is benefiting the success of the native plants.  All gardeners utilizing native plants in gardens or landscapes are invited to participate. Material can be sent anytime up through October 2021.