Come visit us at our new location at 1075 South Ave W on the Missoula Fairgrounds.

Rocky Mountain Gardens and Gerald W. Marks Exploration Center

Rocky Mountain Gardens and Gerald W. Marks Exploration Center

Gerald R. Marks Exploration Center and Rocky Mountain Gardens

Recognizing the unique synergy of our programs, the Missoula County Department of Ecology and Extension, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium, and the Conservation District are creating a premier destination for scientific and community-centered education. Featuring a teaching kitchen, wet lab, meeting spaces, and educational gardens, the GW Marks Exploration Center and Rocky Mountain Gardens will be aand a place to find connection with community, nature and our rural heritage in the Rocky Mountain West.

Rocky Mountain Gardens- Opening 2024!

Located at the GW Marks Exploration Center on the Missoula County Fairgrounds, Rocky Mountain Gardens will introduce the visitors to the range of plants that can be grown in our region as well as the best practices for growing in a changing world. We will help you learn what you can grow here, and how to do it!

There will be 18 distinct growing areas including rose, pollinator, herb, native prairie, sensory, forest, vegetable, ornamental, and waterwise garden beds as well as a fruit and berry orchard.

The garden is being built to provide areas for teaching, learning, and growing. There will be an outdoor classroom, flowering pollinator lawn and drought tolerant lawn areas that will serve as a gathering spaces. The gardens will also feature a four-season greenhouse, hoop house for season extension crops and shaded areas for classes.

This is a garden built by the community, for the community-- Join us this spring and summer as we set down roots and start to grow! Sign up below for news and updates about volunteer opportunities, how-to classes, and more ways to get involved.



Contact us to learn more:

Molly Anton, Rocky Mountain Gardens Coordinator

manton@missoulacounty.us; 406-540-3083

Stephanie Laporte Potts, Rocky Mountain Gardens Program Development Coordinator

spotts@missoulacounty.us; 406-258-4260



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