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Mar 30, 2023
Flathead Beacon

Bibler Gardens Tour and Event Ticket Sales Start Friday

By Beacon Staff

Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 31, for spring and summer self-guided tours of Bibler Gardens, the elaborately arranged and meticulously landscaped gardens located on the grounds of former Kalispell area petroleum engineer Sam Bibler’s home.

The gardens feature tens of thousands of flowers, with seasonal varieties and arrangements re-planted between the spring and summer seasons. Bibler envisioned the gardens as a “land painting,” and preparation for a typical summer season at Bibler Gardens involves the planting of 30,000 annuals. Bibler planted and cared for the garden from 1979 until his death on 2002. The current head gardener is Jeanie Tousant. The grounds are also home to Australian black swans and Argentinean black-necked swans.

Tours and events begin May 13 and end Aug. 3. Ticket sales benefit student scholarships at Flathead Valley Community College. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased at

This year’s schedule is similar to the 2022 season’s with the exception of a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in May, which takes the place of last July’s Summer Garden Party event.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

  • Spring Weekends: May 13, 20, 21. Self-guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day for visitors to explore hundreds of thousands of tulips and spring blossoms. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children.
  • Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch: May 14. Brunch is prepared by FVCC’s Culinary Institute of Montana, and the event will offer attendees both champagne and food. Tickets are $80 for individuals or $150 for a couple.
  • Tribal Weavings Tour: May 20. A tour presented by Carol Bibler of the Bibler collection of Persian rare tribal rugs and weavings. Tickets are $25 per person, and the tour is not recommended for young children.
  • Splendid Summer Evenings: July 17 through July 21. Self-guided tours at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. each evening. Hundreds of thousands of annuals and blooming perennials will be on display. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children.
  • Sweet Summer Days: Aug. 1, Aug. 3. Self-guided home and garden tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Tickets are $20for adults and $5 for children.