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Information about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden - This Month

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Web Site:

Please see the Minneapolis Park & Recreation web site for complete information on the Garden including current operating hours, parking pass information, bus routes, programs offered at the Garden, plant and bird checklists. A locater map is also available on the Parks website.

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This Month at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

The Garden will open with the snow melts.

pussy willowDuring the month of April, the landscape of the Garden is totally visible as the trees and the understory shrubs are not yet in full leaf. Get a feel of the Garden with a Spring walk. Early in the month the early ephemerals will be showing their new growth and by month end as May approaches, the Woodland Garden will have many Spring flowers in bloom. In many past years the Garden experienced many April snowfalls and cold temperatures, April 2018 may be no exception.

There are naturalist programs and birding walks every weekend. Use the Park and Recreation Board web site link above to access program information.

Remember - The Garden was dedicated in 1907 to be a wild native plant oasis within an urban environment, not an arboretum and no formal beds - a small natural garden where the hand of man is to be less evident.

Former Garden Curator Martha Crone wrote: “Each day new patterns and new color combinations appear and the picture becomes more enchanting. This is the most inspiring moment in nature. The weathered look of winter is soon erased and all is crowned with green”

Photo above right: Pussy Willow in the wetland

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