Bibler Home and Garden Tours Begin

The home and gardens are only accessible through the FVCC Foundation tours during select weekends

By Dillon Tabish
Kerry Thompson tends to flower beds at Bibler Home and Gardens on July 11, 2014. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

One of the exciting signs of spring blossoms in jubilant colors at the Bibler Home and Gardens.

This beloved community landmark, featuring the historically preserved home and a renowned garden with thousands of flowers, is opening for the season and once again showcasing the enduring legacy of Louis A. “Sam” Bibler, the property’s original owner and famed landscaper until his death in 2002.

Tickets are now on sale to tour the Bibler Home and Gardens as part of an annual event hosted by the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation in partnership with the Bibler Foundation. Proceeds support student scholarships at FVCC.

The Bibler home is renowned for its impressive collection of antiques, sculptures and Persian tapestries and as well as its expansive and vibrant gardens.

With the exception of privately arranged tours, the home and gardens are only accessible through the FVCC Foundation tours during select weekends in May, July and August when the summer flowers are in full bloom.

The “Spring Weekends” events, featuring guided two-hour tours of the site, are scheduled for May 13, May 20 and May 21 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult and $5 per child.

A special viewing of the Bibler’s collection of Persian tapestries and weavings is scheduled for May 20 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. This tour is not recommended for children.

On May 14, the Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC will present a gourmet Champagne Mother’s Day Brunch in the Bibler home from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to a live performance by concert violinist Wai Mizutani and will have an opportunity to explore the gardens on their own. Tickets to the brunch are $60 per person or $110 per couple.

Tickets for all events are limited and must be purchased in advance by calling 756-3632 or visiting www.biblergardens.org.

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