Dawn Bishop Interview, August 23, 1999


Dawn Bishop


Suzanne Vernon



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Dawn Bishop describes her experiences gardening in the Swan Valley, Montana. She talks about the specific microclimate around her house and what plants will grow in zone 5-B. She also details the difficulty of growing plants in the native clay soil around her house, and her strategy of growing things in raised beds filled with a mixture of clay, compost, manure, and peat. Bishop discusses the annuals she plants and how she overwinters them until it’s safe to put them outside. She talks about the unique growing season in the Swan Valley and the unpredictability of the weather, which makes it difficult to determine when the season begins and ends. She describes some of her flowering plants, such as roses, heliotrope, and lilacs, and details the varieties that grow best in the Swan. Bishop also mentions the master gardener’s course she took at the Missoula County Extension Office to learn more about gardening in Montana.


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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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 422-035

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:44:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_035.mp3; OH_422_035.pdf

Dawn Bishop Interview, August 23, 1999