Roberta Stroden Interview, August 16, 1999


Roberta Stroden


Suzanne Vernon



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Roberta Stroden describes her garden in the Swan Valley. She talks about how she became interested in gardening and her gardening philosophy of growing only what can handle the climate. Stroden talks about the different plants—vegetables and flowers—that grow well in her part of the valley, and how she’s transitioned from purchasing seeds every year, to collecting her own seeds or letting plants reseed themselves. She discusses the act of gardening as spiritual and notes that she never spends so much time in the garden that it feels like a chore. She mentions completing a master gardener’s course at the Missoula County Extension Office, and how she advocates for gardening and learning more about the land and microclimates in the valley.


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Document Type

Oral History

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 422-032

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:58:25 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_032.mp3; OH_422_032.pdf

Roberta Stroden Interview, August 16, 1999