The Beauty Of DanWalt Gardens, And Our First Snowfall Encounter! Day 23

Day 23 brought us our first actual snowflakes of the trip, and made us extremely happy we chose to visit DanWalt Gardens on Day 22, when the sun was still shining!

Waking Up To A Bit Of Snow…

Although we were able to miss the big snow that fell in western Montana, we didn’t quite escape it altogether.

As we woke up early Tuesday morning, the truck and camper were both sporting a dusting of light snow.

the first snowfall on the journey
23 days into the trip, and we have our first snowflakes of the journey! The snowstorm to the west certainly re-arranged our trip a bit. But the good new is, we should still get to see Missoula and Helena as we head up on the Idaho side in a few weeks.

It’s funny to think that we are 1652 miles from our home in Ohio, where Autumn should be starting to bring on the first frost of the year. Yet, we are in the cold and snow, and Ohio is in the midst of an unusual late-season heat wave into the 90’s!

You just never know with Mother Nature.

The Beauty of DanWalt Gardens – A Billings Treasure

We mentioned this a little in yesterday’s update, but really wanted to give it it’s due with today’s update.

One of our most enjoyable things to do on this trip is visit gardens of all types and kinds. As two people who love to garden and write all about it, we can never get enough.

DanWalt Gardens.
Situated on a few acres on the south side of Billings, DanWalt Gardens is filled with all kinds of perennials, annuals

We are always looking for new inspiration for our own garden and landscape at home. In addition, we are always looking for gardens to feature on our This Is My Garden Site too. (In fact, DanWalt will be an upcoming feature article on our TIMG website)

One thing is for sure, this trip is giving us a great chance for both!

main walkway at DanWalt Gardens
The gardens at DanWalt are home to many weddings, receptions and parties during the spring, summer and fall months. And it sure is easy to see why! Everywhere you look the landscape if overflowing with color and texture.

From city gardens, to botanical, community and private gardens, this country is filled with so many flowering treasures.

And after strolling through the grounds of DanWalt Gardens, it is certainly one of them!

The History Of DanWalt

Situated on the south side of Billings, the gardens at DanWalt are filled with thousands of annuals, perennials and hanging baskets. And even a chicken coop too!

The garden was started by two gentleman back in the mid-90’s who simply began to grow vegetables and flowers in their backyard. And yes, they were named Dan and Walt!

danwalt gardens
DanWalt Gardens even includes a quaint little chicken coop tucked back in a well-landscaped corner of the property. We love the creativity in naming the chickens, although I might be worried if was the chicken named Col. Sanders!

After hosting a local benefit dinner party on their beautiful grounds one weekend, they began to get requests for more events. And from there, it took off.

Now the venue is home to weddings and events, and even includes an outdoor bar, pavilion, and a commercial service kitchen.

A few years back, Dan and Walt decided to step back, and the gardens have continued to flourish and grow under new ownership.

Talk about gorgeous – look at the size of this Dahlia! The asters were in full bloom as well while we were there, and made for a beautiful stroll around the property.

We actually ran into one of the new owners, Clint, while walking about. And you can certainly tell how proud he is of the property, and the history of the gardens.

Tomorrow, the weather is supposed to finally clear and warm a bit, and it should be a great day for hiking and biking along the Yellowstone River!

After all, we need to get some Montana biking miles in. Happy travelling! Jim and Mary.


  • Day 23 of 365
  • States Visited 4 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments Visited : 4
  • Stayed In : Billings, Montana
  • Miles Driven : 43.5
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 3333.5
  • Total Gallons Used : 248.7
  • Biking Miles : 0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 71.3
  • Hiking Miles : 1.25
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 51.45

One thought on “The Beauty Of DanWalt Gardens, And Our First Snowfall Encounter! Day 23

  • October 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you for the kind words and awesome review. My wife and I are envious of you both as you travel this great country of ours! Best of luck to you the rest of your journey!


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