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Peggy Stellmach takes a seat in her yard. She hosts a garden and tea each summer to raise money for the Families Forever scholarship program.

Bloom where you are planted: Montana transplants now live in Lake Park

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With very little topsoil in Montana, Stellmach is happy to be blessed with good growing soil where she's at now, she said.

She started adding, growing and developing the garden in memory of her sister, Mary Disse Ballard, who wanted to be remembered after she passed away of cancer. So, the Garden Quilt Show is held at Stellmach's the third Saturday in August each year. Proceeds from the show go to two scholarships in Ballard's name.

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"I need more and different because people keep coming back (to the show)," she said of flowers and plants she change each year.

Though not to be thought of as an accidental garden, Stellmach said she relies "a lot on volunteers" and perennials that come back each year. One surprise volunteer this year was a hibiscus that maybe the birds or the wind transported the seeds to a different portion of the garden.

"It was a wonderful end-of-the-season surprise," she said once she realized what was growing.

Some of the other flowers in her garden include Mexican Sunflowers -- "we grow those for the butterflies" -- dinner plate dahlias, hydrangeas, peonies, snap dragons and many more.

"I like impatiens because they are reliable," she said.

The Stellmachs also have herbs, cabbage, tomatoes, strawberries, celery and other fruits and veggies plants among the flowers.

She has also planted different flowers for the different times they bloom. One area is covered with 300-500 tulips each spring, she said, but one would never know that in August with all the other flowers in their place.

What's a garden without a watering can, and Stellmach has many.

"I collect old watering cans," she said, "so they're all over."

Stellmach plants flowers in pots and wagons "to fill in the holes" around the garden.

While in Montana, Stellmach said she had about 50 rose bushes but "knew I wasn't going to do that here," so instead she got some peonies to grow because she couldn't grow them in Montana.

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