Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front Gate to the Garden

For 64 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

The Garden Shelter has a New Roof

Crone Shelter new roof

A new cedar shingle roof was installed on the Martha Crone Shelter while the Garden was closed for the Winter. Read about the Shelters history.

Grasses and Sedges in Eloise Butler.

Pennsylvania Sedge

Thumbnail page showing the grasses and sedges found in the Garden with links to complete information pages.

Garden Plant of the Week

Saskatoon Serviceberry

Saskatoon Serviceberry
Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.

Saskatoon is one of ten Serviceberries found in Minnesota. They flower early and fruit in early Summer. The fruit of Serviceberries is of fine quality, being juicy and sweetish. Early European settlers, learning from the native population, found then most useful for puddings and pies, the seeds giving a cherry flavor. Cooked berries were great for berry muffins, (Ref. #6) and can also be eaten raw. Native plant lore has it that boiled branches made a tea for treating colds and for stomach problems.


Natural History Comment

“Tonight, watching the first fireflies, listening to the lone whippoorwill in the darkness, savoring all the late-May scents carried on the breeze, remembering the bird song and the wild flowers of the day, we have no doubts. These are the best hours. These are the best days. The minutes of the very weeks we are living in, the hours and the days of the fifth month, are merging together into what - it seems to us now - surely must be the finest time of all.” Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year.

A Seasonal Poem

Flowers amid the dripping moss,
Tearful flowers that sweeten loss,
Pressing closer on the myriads in their train;
White as milk, and perfume-laden,
Purple-veined and golden-eyed,-
Still with sweeter solace waiting
Where the swollen streams divide;
We, released from strifes and cares,
Press our burning lips to theirs,
Share their mood of still delight,
Drink their unimpassioned light;
Gone from us the fever-heats,
Ours the breath of violets,-
These we follow in the footsteps of the rain!

Taken from "White Violets" by
Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863 - 1953)