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Botanical Society of ZooMontana

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"Natural Garden Experience"

This area is part of our "Adopt-a-Garden" project for 2017. The gardens are located on the main trail approaching the eagle exhibit just before crossing Canyon Creek. It welcomes the visitors to the animal section of ZooMontana with both a natural and native feel. The garden is undergoing a transformation as part of the "Plant Select" program. There's much anticipation about this little garden as it will give the zoo some visual excitement come this Sporing !



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Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa)
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Genus: Potentilla

Shrubby cinquefoil is a bushy deciduous shrub growing to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide that has been bred to include a multitude of cultivars that bear flowers in a large array of colors including white, yellow, pink, peach, orange, and red. The flowers are small, single, and rose-like and appear continuously from late spring to early fall on finely textured , dark green foliage.  


Provide full sun and well-drained soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 7. Prune lightly in spring since flowering occurs on new growth.


 Sow seeds in fall or spring, or take softwood cuttings in early summer.

Native Grasses

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For all who live in the Great Plains states, native grasses are commonplace; yet early settlers and explorers certainly took notice of the lush, green prairies, calling this region a “sea of grass” stretching and waving as far as the eye could see. It remains today that even the gentlest breeze will cause the grasses to swell and roll across the landscape. These grasses are resilient and tough, their roots reaching deep to survive the harsh life of the Plains.

But don’t think they are just for the Great Plains. Their understated beauty and form fit any setting. The nine favorites listed here couldn’t be easier to take care of. All they generally need is at least six hours of direct sunlight and moderately moist, well-drained soil. And they are pest- and disease-free.