Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Upland in Summer

For 63 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

The Garden season is April 1 to Oct. 15.

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Spring 2016 Invasive Plant Removal Schedule is now completed

Garden Plant of the Week

Blue Giant Hyssop

Blue Giant Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum (Pursh) Kuntze

Blue Giant Hyssop is also called 'Anise Hyssop' due to the fragrant anise scent of crushed leaves. The stems are sturdy and erect with multiple flower spikes that cycle through a series of blue to violet flowers. Bees love the flowers and the small brown seeds that form are favorites of Gold Finches. The plant usually blooms after mid-July and with the flowers opening in succession, bloom lasts a long time. This is one of three species of Agastache native to Minnesota. It easily reproduces by seed.


July 4th Historical Note

July 4, 1842. Capt. John C. Fremont, on the South Fork of the Platte River: "I halted earlier than usual, about forty miles from the junction [of the North Fork of the Platte], and all hands were soon busily engaged in preparing a feast to celebrate the day. The kindness of our friends in St. Louis had provided us with a large supply of excellent preserves and rich fruit cake; and when these were added to a maccaroni soup, and variously prepared dishes of the choicest buffalo meat, crowned with a cup of coffee, and enjoyed with prairie appetite, we felt, as we sat in barbaric luxury around our smoking supper on the grass, a greater sensation of enjoyment than the Roman epicure at his perfumed feast. But most of all it seemed to please our Indian friends, who, in the unrestrained enjoument of the moment, demanded to know if our “medicine days came often.” From An Exploration of the Country lying between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains.

A Seasonal Poem

Thinking of roads that travel has to find
Through night's black depths in danger's garb arrayed
And the loud glabber round the flaze soon stops
When hushed to silence by a lifted hand
Of fearing dame who hears the noise in dread
And thinks a deluge comes to drown the land
Nor dares she go to bed untill the tempest drops

Taken from "Night Wind" by
John Clare, English (1793- 1864)

Eloise Butler and Claude Monet

Eloise and Claude Monet

This article reviews their common approaches to the use of some wild plants.

Five Mid-Summer Flowers at Eloise Butler.

Wild Quinine

Article: As the season moves into summer the diversity of plants increases as the upland prairie part of the Garden begins to produce a variety of blooms while there are still some blooms in the woodland and the marsh. Here is a small selection of five that you might not find at the local nursery - but in the Garden? YES.