The 6th Ward Garden Park is a public garden offering people a place to experience nature, learn about plants, relax, and explore.
Join us in creating an enjoyable space for the community that promotes ecological, social, and economic revitalization. We work to increase food security by empowering people to grow their own food.
Garden Park Events
Take a tour around the park with our interactive map to discover what's growing.
What is the Garden Park?
The Garden Park is a 1.1 acre city park in Helena, MT. This park is Montana's first public edible landscape.
Half of the park consists of planted patches designed with nature in mind. The park relies on a gardening technique known as forest gardening that mimics the patterns and relationships found in woodland ecosystems. Fruit and nut trees make up the canopy, while berry shrubs and edible & medicinal perennials make up the understory and forest floor.
In addition to an edible garden, the park contains gathering and picnic areas, a playground, and community garden plots for people to grow their own food.
Who maintains the Garden Park? We all do!
The park is sustained by a coalition of community stakeholders including Helena Parks and Recreation, Helena Food Share, Helena Community Gardens, Lewis and Clark Public Health, and community volunteers.
How did it start?
Planning for the 6th Ward Garden Park began in 2013, and it continues to evolve into an inclusive, engaging space where the community can meet, learn, play, relax, grow and enjoy food.
We designed the park with nature in mind.
our Founding Partners
Amy Teegarden, Former Parks & Recreation Director
Chris Stockwell, Lead Gardener
Diana Hammer, Community Partner
Ann Waickman, Helena Food Share
Karen Lane, Lewis and Clark Public Health
Jim Barngrover and Les Clark, Helena Community Gardens
Amber Wilke, Community Partner
Lydia Sakowski, AmeriCorps VISTA
Current Advisory COuncil Members
Diana Hammer, Chair - Community Partner
Kim Dale, Vice Chair - Helena Food Share
Pat Marron - Helena Parks and Recreation Dept.
Les Clark - Helena Community Gardens
Bonnie Lorang - 6th Ward Representative
Amber Wilke - Community Partner - Jan Shaw Homes