nursery plants under shade cloth

BNP Nursery

Thanks for Visiting Us!

Over 150 species of containerized native plants from Western Montana including hardy native grasses, shrubs and wildflowers.  We hand collect seed to ensure genetic diversity and grow totally out-of-doors at 4000′ so you’ll have the hardiest plants available.  We are shifting our species selection toward pollinator friendly and xeric plants but still have a good selection of shade and water loving species available.

The nursery is open to the public on Fridays from 9-5. Please look for our signs posted along Hwy 200 and leading to the nursery.

We are at the Clark Fork River Market Saturdays from 8 am – 1 pm. You can find us along the river bank nearest Pattee Street.

April/May Events:

April 13-May 18: Landscape for Life! class offered through Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula; sustainable landscaping practices for the homeowner

Friday, May 15: Workshop at BNP on Deer Resistant Native Plants, 6:30 – 7:30 pm; identify which native plants to use in a landscape frequented by deer and other solutions for a deer dense environment.

Wed., May 27: Field Trip to Waterworks Hill in Missoula, 6-7 pm, meet at the parking lot on Duncan Drive; short vigorous uphill climb, beautiful vistas of Missoula and a gorgeous community of cushion plants including Missoula Phlox, Bitterroot, and Douglasia.

Mondays, June 1-22: Native Plant Gardening class offered through Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula; sign up now!


Other news:

We’ve changed our species list.  We will no longer be growing some species, but if you are looking for something you don’t see on the 5.5.15 BNP Availability list be sure to call – we just might have some left!

clusters of yellow rays flowers of Oregon Sunshine

Oregon Sunshine

How We Raise Our Native Plants

Our plants are grown from hand-collected seeds or propagated from cuttings of local plants.  We do not dig plants from the wild.

nursery sign "Blackfoot Native Plants Nursery" and garden with yellow flowers beneath

Nursery entrance

Unlike nurseries that use genetically altered cultivars of native plants, we propagate wild native seeds we collect and take cuttings from local sources.  It is our belief that locally sourced plants are hardier and are more beneficial to their natural ecosystems than those that have been altered to enhance particular characteristics of a species.

Our plants are grown in containers out-of-doors (not in greenhouses) at 4000’ – USDA Zone 4b (USDA Plant hardiness zone map) to ensure extreme hardiness.  Most have already spent at least one winter in a pot.  Our plants thrive at high altitudes with short growing seasons where drought, cool nights, and extreme winter temperatures are common.

My husband says that our motto should be “If it grows at our house, it will darn well grow at yours!”  Well, he changes the ‘d’ word to something a little different.  You get the idea.  It’s a tough place for a plant in a container to grow.

Look forward to hearing from you,