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


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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whitney eastmanWhitney Eastman

In addition to capturing a Cooper's Hawk in the Garden and sighting a rare Western Tanager, Whitney Eastman was an executive at General Mills and at Archer Daniels Midland. He was also a director of The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden 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

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone
Anemone canadensis L.


Anemone notes

Eloise Butler wrote of the plants characteristics: "After the Pasque flower, our most conspicuous anemone is the canadensis, once known as the pennsylvanica. On account of a similarity of leaf it is often taken for a white geranium. The anemone, for instance, has no corolla; the white floral leaves are sepals. The Garden Magazine for July has a paper on anemones, especially recommending this species for plantings, and emphasizing the value of white flowers for harmonizing discordant colors and for toning down the hot and violent reds and yellows and outrageous magentas."

A Seasonal Poem

AN altered look about the hills;
A Tyrian light the village fills;
A wider sunrise in the dawn;
A deeper twilight on the lawn;
A print of a vermilion foot;
A purple finger on the slope;
A flippant fly upon the pane;
A spider at his trade again;

An added strut in chanticleer;
A flower expected everywhere;
An axe shrill singing in the woods;
Fern-odors on untravelled roads,
All this, and more I cannot tell,
A furtive look you know as well,
And Nicodemus' mystery
Receives its annual reply.

"An Altered Look About the Hills" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

The Maple Bowl at Eloise Butler

For the last four years the Friends Invasive Plant Action Group has been removing invasive plants from this remarkable Maple Glen near the Garden. Article and photos.

Below: The hillsides of the deep Maple Bowl in Spring.

Maple Bowl