Our Roots

Since 1998

Back in 1998, two young 24-year-old entrepreneurs, Tamus and Lisa Gannon, made their move from Lake Tahoe, California to Bigfork Montana to revive a dilapidated greenhouse that had once seen better days. When they first saw the place they both thought it was “beyond repair” in their minds. Nevertheless, they pushed up their sleeves and spent the first two years rebuilding from the ground up. Today Swan River Gardens is a thriving family owned full service “hometown garden center” in the Flathead Valley. They strive in growing and selling annuals, vegetables, perennials, shrubs, trees and offer excellent customer service to help you achieve success in the garden. A few members of the staff were inherited with the nursery and are still with them today! And a large portion of the staff joined Tamus and Lisa over 5-18 years ago, creating a plethora of knowledge and a family-like atmosphere within the crew.
Since the beginning, Swan River Gardens has always appreciated the community support they have experienced over the years. They have enjoyed growing customer relations to the point of becoming friends. In turn, they feel it is important to give back to our community too. First and foremost, they have been offering Beautify Bigfork Hanging Basket program for the local merchants since the early 2000’s. They are always in support of the local Rotary Club, Citizens for Better Bigfork, local Fire Halls and other local non-profits around the Flathead Valley. Along with the general community support, Swan River Gardens are big supporters for the children in the area. Over the years they continue to support the Flathead Valley schools, the local children’s sports programs and contributing to the Bigfork Children’s Theater.
Tamus and Lisa Gannon are proud of their accomplishments at Swan River Gardens and are excited for the future. They continue to make improvements to the facility to create a garden center that will provide inspiration to their customers. Stop by the nursery today to see what will inspire you!


August 1998 we arrive and adopt a diamond in the rough, 'The Greenhouse' or most people remember it as 'Mo's Greenhouse'.


Greenhouse debris left behind from record snow 1996. Greenhouses were collapsed under the weight.


Our first winter in Montana we spent cleaning up the property and rebuilding greenhouses


Spring 1999, our first of many snowy 'Mothers Day's'

Swan River Gardens Plant Guarantee

Excluding damage by man, such as lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other mechanical damage, we warranty all Trees & Shrubs for one (1) year from date of purchase for in store credit for the purchased amount. Certain plants such as roses, Japanese Maples, and other marginally hardy trees and shrubs need special care to last through winter and are not covered under this warranty. Perennials, Bedding Plants and Hanging Baskets are not guaranteed. The original plant and your cash register or hand written receipt must be present for exchange. The cultural advice we provide must be followed for the warranty to remain in effect. If the plant is lost to any extreme weather, abuse, neglect, deer damage, insect and disease infestation, we do share your disappointment, but cannot share your loss; the warranty is void. It is the Owner's responsibility to monitor and treat garden-related problems.

Bigfork Merchant Basket Program

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History: Early in the 2000’s Swan River Gardens and the Bigfork Chamber collaborated on a project to “Beautify Bigfork” by offering a discounted, locally grown hanging basket to interested merchants. By 2005 the Chamber had moved on to other projects, and we had refined the program into what you know today. These baskets are some of the very first items we plant in the spring, to ensure a colorful display at delivery. We are thrilled the merchants continue to support this project; we love to see the town filled with beautiful hanging baskets.

Details: Swan River Gardens partners with the merchants by offering a reduced rate on these baskets, free delivery, and pick up. Typically Swan River Gardens delivers the baskets after Whitewater Weekend and picks the pots up in late October as the weather dictates. We offer baskets with a variety of colors and light requirements, and are happy to answer any questions you have on the options offered, or other custom plantings.

Growing Tips: With consistent water and liquid fertilizer you should have beautiful results. We recommend watering daily in the heat of summer and fertilizing 3 to 5 times a week with a water soluble fertilizer. All the Petunias included in these “Beautify Bigfork” baskets are self-cleaning, meaning the old flowers will shrivel up and blow away while the plant continues to grow up and over the spent flowers.

How to Order: Click the “Order Here” button to get started placing your online order. Any order placed online will require credit card payment at the time the order is placed. If you would like to order over the phone, have other questions, or want to be billed, please contact Carly by email carly@swanrivergardens.com or by phone 837-3375.

Thank you for your past participation, we look forward to seeing all the color in Bigfork this summer.


Thank you for your interest in working at Swan River Gardens
Do you enjoy plants, gardening and people?
Not afraid to get dirt under your fingernails?

Swan River Gardens is looking for enthusiastic people who are willing to work as part of a team, people who can multitask. Spring at Swan River Gardens is a busy time and we need a staff who can be calm and professional under pressure. Previous retail experience is preferred and plant knowledge is helpful but customer service is of primary importance. At Swan River Gardens we want to give our customers the best shopping experience and feel if they are well taken care of.


Greenhouse Staff entry level job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Keeping greenhouse, work area, and products clean and organized
  • Production and maintenance of plants (watering, trimming, planting)
  • Hand loading purchases into customer’s cars
  • Customer service
  • Pricing plants and merchandise
  • Moving and organizing plants and merchandise
  • Restocking and rotating plants and merchandise

Greenhouse Staff general job duties include the entry level duties plus the following:

  • Assisting customers with garden and container designs
  • Selling plants and products to help the customers be successful
  • Displaying plants and merchandise by following display parameters
  • Identifying common greenhouse pests and diseases
  • Answer and direct phone calls
  • Assisting in the Retail Shop
  • Cashiering
  • Assisting with specialized duties (seeding, wholesale, custom planting, invoicing, inventory, and receiving)

Physical Qualifications the job requires that you are able to:

  • Stand for an extended period of time
  • Lift and carry 30 to 40 lbs. multiple times throughout the day
  • Bend to work with items at ground level


Contact Info

Swan River Gardens
175 Swan River Road
Bigfork, Montana 59911
telephone:+1 406-837-3375

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Nursery Manager

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Greenhouse Manager