Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
Upland Garden

About the Friends

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Membership fees, donations and memorials to the friends are tax deductible. A substantial portion of the Friends’ operating funds comes from membership contributions and other income. The Friends have no paid staff, no offices and the only regular expense is the publication of The Fringed Gentian™, our educational newsletter, and our administrative expenses. As a result, The Friends apply all donations in excess of membership dues to the benefit of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary rather than to fund raising or administrative expenses. Memorials in honor of a living or deceased person are accepted and encouraged. For more information on membership or donations and memorials please click the Donations button above.


The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota Non-profit corporation founded in 1952 by a group of private citizens. Our purpose is to protect, preserve, and promote the interests of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary for its unique beauty and as a sanctuary for native flora and fauna of Minnesota, and to educate and inspire people of all ages in relating to the natural world. We offer assistance for the garden in the form of funding and volunteer support. (Mission Statement.) You can support our mission by your membership, memorials and donations.

Membership is open to any interested person or organization that wishes to support the Garden. Members and supporters of the Friends receive a periodic newsletter, The Fringed Gentian™.

Thoughts of our Founder

1952: Clinton Odell describes the Garden and why he started The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden.

Next Board Meeting.

Oct. 16, 2017, 7 PM. Site: Kenwood Park Community Center, 2101 West Franklin Ave., Minneapolis MN.

Special Events -

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENT - Sunday Oct. 29, 2017, 5 to 8 PM, Terrace Room, St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN.

Members Newsletter:

The Spring 2017  issue of The Fringed Gentian™ has been issued. The Summer issue is scheduled for release in July 2017. Contact editor Meleah Maynard (e-mail) on any questions. Past issues are available in the newsletter PDF archive.

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Garden theme sale items sponsored by The Friends

Eloise Butler Book
Note Cards
Garden plant photo ID booklet

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