"Perserve, Protect, Enhance and Educate"

Botanical Society of ZooMontana

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The gardens at ZooMontana offer a unique perspective into the feasibility of plant life for south central Montana. Each garden has it's own personality. On our Botany Page we offer resources for you to better understand the personality of the plants you'll find in the gardens. And although some of the plants may change location within the gardens from time to time, they have proven to withstand the climate of our state and the test of time. 

> Investigate the plants even more by clicking on each picture to expand your knowledge about it's origins, growth potential and classification.

Dottie's Garden is unique because it was originally of professional design in 2009 by Land Design,Inc. of Billings. The landscape concept was to offer a look at "water-wise" and drought tolerant plants ideally suited for our Montana environment. The garden is currently undergoing renovation with the movement of some plants to spaces, within the garden, that is better situated to promote growth and maturity and the introduction of new ideas.

Achillea millefolium

"Yarrow-Terra Cotta"

Arrhenatherum elatius

"Variegated Oat Grass"

Echinacea purpurea


Euonymus alatus

"Burning Bush"

Festuce glauca

"Blue Fescue"

Helictotrichon  s.virens

"Blue Oat Grass"

Lavandula angustifolia

"English Lavender"

Nepeta x faassenii

"Walker's Low Catmint"

Perovskia atriplicifolia

"Russian Sage"

Rudbeckia fulgida var.

"Black-Eyed Susan"

Salvia nemorosa

"Salvia,Meadow Sage"

Crassulacaea Stonecrop

"Autumn Joy Sedum"


"Showy Stonecrop"

Sedum kamtschaticum

"Orange Stonecrop"

Sedum spurium

"Dragon's Blood"

Stachys byzantina

"Lamb's Ear"

Veronica spicata

"Spike Speedwell"

Vinca minor


For trees and bushes of Dottie's Garden be sure to visit our "Trees of the Gardens" page