Garden Getaway

Photo courtesy Tizer Botanical Garden

With 12 gardens spanning six acres, Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum is a Montana must-see. Tizer is the only full-time botanical garden and arboretum in Montana and one of just three privately owned, internationally accredited arboreta in the United States.

The gardens had humble beginnings and are ever-evolving. Richard Krott and Belva Lotzer began planting in 1997 after falling in love with the area and purchasing the land. The project started as a form of stress relief and has since grown to host annual events and thousands of visitors.

When you visit the gardens, follow the owners’ lead by relaxing and shedding some stress. Bring a picnic and the family. Or bring a good book and find a bench in your favorite garden or facing Prickly Pear Creek. Walk through the wildflowers above the Children’s Garden then sit on the observation deck to take in the surrounding Elkhorn Mountains. On your way out, visit the Garden Center to purchase seeds for some of your favorite plants grown in their test garden.

Tizer’s Garden Center is open daily from April through October, and the arboretum is open from Mother’s Day through October. Don your white gloves for the summer High Tea in the Garden events that include a three-course luncheon, live harp music and casual garden strolls.

Tizer Gardens is about 25 minutes South of Helena in Jefferson City, Montana. For more information, visit tizergardens.com. For more to do nearby and to find a hotel, go to helenamt.com.