nursery plants under shade cloth

BNP Nursery

Thanks for Visiting Us!

Over 100 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 will be closed June 26 due to the Montana Native Plant Society’s Annual Meeting.

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. Our last market is July 4.

EVENTS 2015:

July 6: Tim Lewis – from Wild Ones will be here in Missoula for a presentation on landscaping with native wildflowers and to discuss the possibility of forming a chapter of Wild Ones here in Missoula.  7-8 pm at Burns St. Bistro, 1500 Burns St. (part of the Missoula Community Food Co-op).  Admission is free!

July 19: Field Trip to St. Mary’s Peak in the Bitterroot, 10 – 4 pm

August 15: Field Trip to Pyramid Trail, Seeley Lake, 10 –  5 pm

September 14: Green Thumbs Up presentation at Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton, 2 pm

September 19: Fall Sale, 1-4 pm at BNP

 

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,
Kathy