Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front Gate of Eloise Butler

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


Schutt House Garden Party

Mendon Schutt House

The Friends are hosting a party for the benefit of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Tour this historic house and garden on Lake of the Isles on June 25th 2015, 5 to 8:30 PM. Details Here.


10, 25, 50, 75, 100 years ago

Avery Birding Terrace

A brief review of the summer season of 2005, 1990, 1965, 1940 and 1915, details


June Flower Sampler

A photo selection of early to late June Flowers. Photos

Foxglove Beardtongue



Eloise Butler Plant Community

Large-flowered Trillium

The Garden is host to over 600 native plant species with habitat varying from marsh to woodland to prairie and Oak savanna. For seasonal photos, species listings, plant information - read more. .


Moana Odell Beim

Moana Odell

Clinton Odell's daughter recounts her Garden and Friends history in this interview.


White Lady's-slipper

Eloise Butler writes about her search for the White Cypripedium. Article here.

White Lady's-slipper



Garden Plant of the Week

Bluejacket

Bluejacket
Tradescantia ohiensis Raf.

One of the lovely blue flowers of early June, Bluejacket (or Ohio Spiderwort) was blooming in the Garden as early as 1915. The petals, stamen filaments and the bead-like hairs that surround the filaments are all the same color, with the yellow anthers as contrast. Tradescantia was named for John Tradescant (1608-1662) English Gardener to the King.

 


Natural History Comment

“If you are thriftily inclined, you will find pines congenial company, for unlike the hand-to-mouth hardwoods, they never pay current bills out of current earnings; they live solely on their savings of the year before. In fact every pine carries an open bankbook, in which his cash balance is recorded by 30 June of each year. If, on that date, his completed candle has developed a terminal cluster of ten or twelve buds, it means that he has salted away enough rain and sun for a two-foot or even a three-foot thrust skyward next spring. If there are only four or six buds, his thrust will be a lesser one, but he will nevertheless wear that peculiar air that goes with solvency." Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac


A Seasonal Poem

Hold a group of meadow grasses
Up against a clear blue sky;
You may search the wide world over,
But you never will discover
A more perfect harmony,
Than a group of meadow grasses,
Brown and purple meadow grasses,
Touched by every wind that passes,
Held against a soft blue sky.

"Earth and Sky" by
Dora Read Goodale (b. 1866 - 1915)