About US

Our Story

Begins in 1998

Two young 24-year-old entrepreneurs, Tamus and Lisa Gannon (and their two Golden Retrievers), made their move from Lake Tahoe, California to Bigfork, Montana to revive a dilapidated garden center. At the sight of the collapsed greenhouses, over-grown gardens and outdated infrastructure, they thought it was beyond repair. Undaunted by the challenge, they rebuilt the garden center from the ground up.

Many changes have occurred over the last two decades, however, their mission has remained the same, which is to continue to educate and inspire their customers while providing exceptional customer service. They remain committed to offering quality annual flowers, vegetables, perennials, trees and shrubs, together with garden accessories and supplies. And their dedication to crew development and product knowledge has made Swan River Gardens the most knowledgeable resource in the Flathead Valley for beginner to experienced gardeners.

Today Swan River Gardens is a thriving, family-owned, “hometown garden center” nestled at the base of the Swan Range Mountains. Comprised of 13 greenhouses, a large gift shop, a vast outdoor nursery and a bulk yard ready to meet your landscape and gardening needs.

Swan River Gardens appreciates the community support and believe it is important to give back to the community. They support a variety of non-profits around the Flathead Valley, in addition to several youth organizations such as the Flathead Valley schools, local children’s sports and the Bigfork Children’s Theater.

Tamus, Lisa and their two daughters, along with their two Golden Retrievers, continue to make improvements to the garden center and enjoy creating a place for customers to learn and be inspired for their home and garden. Stop by today to see what will inspire you!

~ Mia, Lisa, Tamus & True Gannon


Our Crew

Swan River Gardens is a garden center dedicated to teaching, inspiring and providing you with the knowledge to be successful in your Montana gardening adventures. We believe that begins with our employees. We consider our employees our most valuable resource, and we invest in crew development and product knowledge to help our team reach their highest level of expertise. All of us at Swan River Gardens love everything related to gardening and are eager to share our experiences with you. Together we will work with you to make your “green thumb” twinkle! You can trust Swan River Gardens when it comes to your gardening and landscaping matters. Come chat with one of us today!

Join our Crew

Thank you for your interest in working at Swan River Gardens. We are looking for enthusiastic people!

Do you enjoy plants, gardening and people?
Not afraid to get dirt under your fingernails?
Spring at Swan River Gardens is a busy time and we need a crew 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 take care of our customers by providing them the best shopping experience.

Physical Qualifications of 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

2021 Spring Positions Available

General job duties include the entry level duties plus the following:

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

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


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