Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Spring Prairie

For 65 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Garden Plant of the Week

Pennsylvania Sedge

Pennsylvania Sedge
Carex pensylvanica Lam.

The Pennsylvania, or Yellow, Sedge is one of the first to flower in our area. It is a species of well-drained upland habitats, in full to partial sun. It forms clumps and colonies with its rhizomatous root system. The plants frequently top out at 12 inches or less, but when in flower the dark reddish spikes with whitish stamens and stigmas is quite striking. The plants remain green all summer. It is indigenous to the Wildflower Garden.


Natural History Note

"..during the amorous season, such a jealousy prevails between the male birds that they can hardly bear to be together in the same hedge or field. Most of the singing and elation of spirits of that time seem to me to be the effect of rivalry and emulation: and it is to this spirit of jealousy that I chiefly attribute the equal dispersion of birds in the spring over the face of the country." Gilbert White, Letters to Daines Barrington, Feb. 2, 1772.

A Seasonal Poem

The year has changed his mantle cold
Of wind, of rain, of bitter air;
And he goes clad in cloth of gold,
Of laughing suns and season fair;
No bird or beast of wood or wold
But doth with cry or song declare
The year lays down his mantle cold.
All founts, all rivers, seaward rolled,
The pleasant summer livery wear,
With silver studs on broidered vair;
The world puts off its raiment old,
The year lays down his mantle cold.

"Spring" by
Charles, duc d’Orleans (1394-1465)

Friends' Campaign 175

Fund raising for phase 2 of the Garden Boardwalk
Details Here for Information on How You Can Help.

Garden Boardwalk

Natural Springs in and near the Garden

Great Medicine Spring

Article: The natural springs of the area near the Garden are described with historical and contemporary photos and first hand accounts the springs.