Brian Parks Interview, October 20, 2005


Brian Parks


Jeanell Innerarity



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Brian Parks discusses his experience building and maintaining a garden in Condon, Montana. He notes some of the unique challenges he faces, such as colder temperatures and pests. Parks describes the gardening techniques that he has developed to meet these challenges. He shares his opinions about the ecological and social importance of gardening. Parks details his personal gardening philosophy which is that ecologically, gardening connects us to nature and through it, gardeners create new habitats, turning the destructive impact of human activity into a positive impact. He also relates his thoughts about the social importance of gardening which he believes can serve as a shared activity within a community.

Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Gardeners, Montana; Gardening; Gardening, environmental impacts; Gardening, social impacts; Gardening techniques

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 422-118

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (25 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:15 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_118.mp3; OH_422_118.pdf

Brian Parks Interview, October 20, 2005