The Gallatin Gardeners Club is a non-profit 501(3)c organization

po box 6623

Bozeman, mt 59715

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Gallatin Gardener Club

On the first Monday of each month from September-June

(2nd Monday on national holiday), the Club meets at 7pm at Hope Lutheran Church to hear guest speakers discuss various aspects of gardening, landscaping and plant production in Gallatin Valley.


Past presentations have included GMOs, soil health, biological pest control, the biology of bees, and the challenges of commercial organic farming.

In summer, we arrange tours of local gardens, farms and other sites of interest. We end the year with a group holiday dinner. Guests are always welcome.

The Club meets at 7pm for evening speakers at the Hope Lutheran Church. 2152 graf st.

January 07, 2019

Alex Nordquest, forester for the City of Bozeman

Alex Nordquest, forester for Bozeman's Parks and Recreation Department. Prior to Bozeman, he lived in Columbus, Ohio where he obtained a BS in Forestry and Wildlife Studies from Ohio State University. Alex has ten years of experience in the urban forestry field. His will present an overview of the Forestry Division's responsibilities, including their unique tree planting programs and long-term planning for the community.

February 04, 2019

Jay Visser, Visser Greenhouses

Visser Greenhouses Inc. is the home of the largest annual and perennial variety list in Montana.  Our program

will be presented by Jay Visser, owner/operator of Visser's Greenhouses. Jay will be talking about all aspects of his operation including how they decide which plants to start, the logistics of planting so many flats, how they attack problems they might

encounter, etc. In the early-1970s, Jay Visser’s father, Don Visser, constructed the first greenhouse on his property. At the time he started he had no plans to make it a profession, it was simply a hobby that he really enjoyed. They now have around 55 greenhouses covering over 5 acres. The family estimates they produce millions of plants each year — mostly decorative species, but also herbs and some vegetables — many of which are sold wholesale to independent retailers from Havre to Hamilton.

March 04, 2019

Sam Blomquist, Gallatin Valley Farm to School

Sam Blomquist is the executive director of GVFS. As a parent, nutrition professional and a longtime member of the Bozeman community, Sam is deeply committed to Gallatin Valley Farm to School, which brings together all of her passions. “It’s preventative health, food system reform and community economic development – all in one tidy package,” she says. 

Sam is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and holds a B.S. from the University of Montana in Resource Conservation and an M.S. from Montana State University in Sustainable Food Systems. Her background includes various forays in small-scale agricultural production, youth service and non-profit organizational development.

April 01, 2019

Maddy Pope, Story Mill Community Park

Maddy Pope, Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, will be talking about the Story Mill Community Park. The Trust for Public Land has been working on Story Mill Community Park since 2012, gathering community input to develop plans that include an extensive, multi-year river and wetland restoration effort that will result in a 40 acre nature sanctuary, a network of trails, gathering and play spaces, a teaching farm, safe access to the East Gallatin River and a one-of-a-kind playground. 

May 06, 2019

Kareen Erbe, Broken Ground Permaculture

 Kareen Erbe, founder of Broken Ground Permaculture, will speak at our May 6 meeting. According the Kareen, “permaculture is the science of integrating landscape and people in such a way that it provides for their food, shelter and energy needs. It is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature, and creating diversity, stability and resilience in our agricultural systems.”

June 03, 2019

Your Gardening Questions panel

There is plenty of free parking just to the north of the building. Enter by the north door which will be open from 6:30-7:30. Our program will be something different and will be similar to the popular Montana Ag Live television show. The club’s Don Mathre will serve as the moderator and the panel will include Mac Burgess, MSU Small Farm Specialist: Jane Mangold, Extension Invasive Plant Specialist (weeds); Clain Jones, Extension Soil Scientist; and David Wheeler, Extension Plant Pathologist. This will be your chance to ask these folks, all of whom are frequently on the regular Montana Ag Live program, your questions related to gardening in Montana. So write your questions down ahead of time and bring them to the program on June 3. Should be lots of fun. This will be our last monthly program until we start up again in September.

September 09, 2019

Mac Burgess, current student research

Mac Burgess, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, is the instructor of the three-acre diversified vegetable and educational research farm supporting a student-run, community-supported agriculture program. Mac will be talking about what his current students are researching.

October 07, 2019

How did your garden grow?

Club members share their gardening experiences at the annual “What worked and didn’t work” meeting. Share a few highlights (or lowlights) about your garden.

November 04, 2019

Just a Minute for Gardening Videos

Club member Frank Erickson will present new videos of selected club member gardens.

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The first Monday of the month

7:00 pm

hope lutheran church

2152 Graf St.

the second largest fundraiser for the club happens on memorial day weekend.

Bring your used tools and plant starts to sell, and help us raise money for grants! Check our calendar for details.

join us on saturday, may 26, 2018

the sale runs from  8am - 11am

Bring your items to sell at 7am.

Owenhouse ACE Hardware parking lot

on Black and Babcock.

Come and see what other local growers are growing!

Tours meet on location unless carpooling is organized.