Ethnobotany Garden

About the Ethnobotany Garden

The Ethnobotany Garden surrounding the University of Montana's Payne Family Native American Center provides an opportunity for public education and a living laboratory for students. Fittingly, it sits on the site of a historic Salish Indian encampment, and the building is designed to reflect that legacy as well as the heritage and cultures of all Montana Native American tribes.

Explore The Garden

The Ethnobotany Garden at the Payne Family Native American Center contains native plants, shrubs, and grasses of the Rocky Mountain West.  Eight stone circles represent diverse ecoregions of Montana and the Native American Tribes that live within them. Click on the Tribal Seals below to explore the rich histories and contemporary stories of the Indigenous People of Montana and the plants that are important to them.