Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Now in our 66th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary




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Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2018

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The Srummer 2018 issue will be published in July.


Photo Identification Book of Garden Plants

graphic Spiral bound booklet, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, 142 pages, thumbnail photos of 437 species of flowering forbs, small shrubs and ferns of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All plants are native or introduced to Minnesota. Additional 578 images and notes to aid in identification. Photos are approximately 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

In addition, 114 grasses, sedges, large shrubs and trees of the Garden are line listed without photos. Full index. Information about the Garden, the curators and about The Friends. $19.95 plus $3 shipping.

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cedar creek aerial viewThe Garden and Cedar Creek

Former Curator Martha Crone sourced plants for the Garden, built a cabin there, and eventually sold the land to the University for inclusion in the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. The Story.


Garden Boardwalk

boardwalk bridgeThe Friends and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board have raised funds to complete the boardwalk through the marsh. Installation should take place in mid to late Summer. Boardwalk Details.


Garden Plant of the Week

Green Ash

Green Ash
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marshall

 


April Weather

Martha Crone wrote: April 1, 1944: “Six inches snow covering the ground. Nothing up and very cold." April 6, “Each day has been cold. April 2nd the temperature was 14 above in the morning. Pails of water frozen solid in the office." April 12, “First beautiful warm sunny day. Lakes still ice bound in morning but disappearing during the day." April 16, “Ground covered with snow. Sheet of ice on water."April 1, “Six inches snow covering the ground. Nothing up and very cold." April 6, “Each day has been cold. April 2nd the temperature was 14 above in the morning. Pails of water frozen solid in the office." April 12, “First beautiful warm sunny day. Lakes still ice bound in morning but disappearing during the day." April 16, “Ground covered with snow. Sheet of ice on water."




A Seasonal Poem

THESE pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shive;
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,
And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.

The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods--
Let them think twice before they use their powers,
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday.

"Spring Pools " by
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)



April Weather Woes

Snow and ice in April can frequently keep the Garden from opening on April 1st. Once open, later weather can make conditions less than desirable. Read here a chronology of April events from 1907 to the present. Article.

The photo below was taken on April 5, 2018, with the Garden still closed.

Garden gate in snow