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In the Archive pages you will find links to all the content on The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden web site. Unlike the main pages, links here are arranged by topic. These topics include links to articles previously published in The Friend's newsletter - The Fringed Gentian™.

Visiting Information about the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Original date of published articles given in brackets

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Avery Birding Terrace Photos and text of the area dedicated in 2005.

Garden Plan View – Overall plan map with walking paths shown

Garden Parking – Small map of the Wirth Park area showing parking for the Garden

Geography of the Garden – A photo tour of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in the early spring before the leaves obscure the lay-of-the-land.

Geology of the Garden – A brief article on how the Garden landscape was formed.

Grasses of the Garden – Photos of the Garden grasses with links to detailed information pages.

Heritage Trees in the Garden – Former Gardener Cary George writes of the nine Minneapolis Heritage Trees in the Garden (originally published winter 2000)

Information Signs at Front Gate – A look at the new information signs inside the front gate -2009

Management Plan for the Garden – The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board's 2010-2015 management plan for the Garden (- pdf file 2.4 mb)

Martha E. Crone Visitors Shelter – Information on the shelter, hours, etc.

Memorials in the Garden – Photo pages of the various memorials and dedications within the Garden.

Seasonal - Spring

Early Blooming Spring Plants – The five earliest bloomers - text and photos. (2013)

Earliest and latest bloom dates – For 25 common spring wildflowers, with photos (2014)

Early Spring in the Wild Flower Garden – Reflections of Martha Crone, second Garden Curator, first editor of The Fringed Gentian™ and founding member of The Friends of The Wild Flower Garden.

Five unusual late spring flowers – Five plants not usually found in nurseries. Photos/text (2013).

Orchids in the Garden – Previous Eloise Butler Gardener Cary George writes on the Garden's two Lady's-slippers and the problems and ethics of transplantation (Spring 2000)

Showy Lady's-slipper – A photo page of the "Jewel of the Garden"

Spring in the Garden – A photo review of how things look in early spring in the Garden

Spring Flowers - April to Mid-May – A photo thumbnail sheet of the early blooming flowers.

Late Spring Flowers - May to Mid-June – A photo thumbnail sheet of the late spring flowers.

Seasonal - Summer

A Great Place for Birding – Naturalist Tammy Mercer explains why the Garden is great for birding. (Spring 2005)

Early Summer Flowers - – A photo thumbnail sheet of early summer flowers arranged by color; From the end of May to mid-July.

Gentian in the Garden – Former Gardener Cary George writes of the Gentian in the Garden - both now and in the past. (originally published fall 2000)

Late Summer Flowers – A photo thumbnail sheet of late summer flowers - all colors; mid-July to the end of August.

Late Summer Flowers - 5 less known – A look at 5 late summer flowers in the Garden that are not usually found in the home garden.

Late Summer Fruits and Seedpods – A photo thumbnail sheet of late summer fruits and seeds that you are likely to see from July through August.

Pea Family Plants in the Prairie – Pea family plants that thrive in the hot prairie sun, by previous Eloise Butler Gardener Cary George. (Summer 2002)

Ruffians in the Garden – A close look at Curly Dock, Mullein and Nettle and why we should like them. Gary Bebeau, 2009

Tall Plants in the Summer Garden – Previous Eloise Butler Gardener Cary George writes about the tall plants and the lilies of the summer Upland Prairie Garden (Summer 2000)

The Four Silphiums – Photos and plant information on four representatives of the genus Silphium in the Eloise Butler Garden. Gary Bebeau 2009

Seasonal - Autumn

Asters and Goldenrods – A photo look at asters and goldenrods in the Garden. 2009

Autumn Flowers – A photo thumbnail sheet of Autumn flowers; from September to Garden Close in October.

Autumn Fruits and Seedpods – A photo thumbnail sheet of Autumn fruits and seeds that you are likely to see from September to Garden Close in October.

Edge plants - 5 Obscure late season plants – Plants you hardly notice - Burnweed, Canadian Horseweed, Black Nightshade, Arrow-leaved Tearthumb, Willowherb.

Mid-October Snow – A photo look at garden scenes on Oct. 13, 2009 following an early season light snowfall.

Seasonal - Winter

Winter Scenes – A photo page of winter Garden scenes.



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