Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Growing and Learning


August 24, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Swan Valley Gardener Grace Siloti pulls out a bundle of lavender that she will distill to extract the oil. She has 1,600 bundles in the bag.

SWAN VALLEY – When a Missoula client asked Swan Valley gardener Grace Siloti to plant three acres of lavender she did not realize the new opportunity it could afford for her and hopefully others in the Swan Valley. Now after her second season, she is reaching the top of a steep learning curve and looking forward to offering lavender oil, hydrosol, buds and stems.

Siloti was one of the pioneer gardeners in the Swan Valley. When she started in 1991 she tried just about everything to see if she could get it to grow. She was able to put her passion for plants and knowledge of gardening to wor...

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