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Then and Now at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Trees in the Woodland Marsh.

The tree canopy of the Woodland Garden has changed considerably over the 100+ years of the Garden's existence. One change forces another which causes another. In the photo below taken on Oct. 30, 1948, we see an extensive grouping of birch bordering the bog area of the Woodland Garden. While birch are not a long-lived species, the changes in the amount of water in the bog area have depleted their numbers such that today, in the 2008 photos shown below you will see very few birch.

Birch trees in the bog 1948

In 1946 Garden Curator Martha Cronewanted visitors to have a close-up view of aquatic plants that were in and by the open water pool in the bog, so a trail through the center of the bog was added. In the photo below taken on Nov. 8, 1951, we have a partial view of the bog, taken from a different location and showing the extensive birch grove. The new path is seen, snow covered, running from the bottom left corner towards the left center of the photo. This spot is somewhere between the current Garden guidepost #'s 29 and 30.

Winter trees in the bog

Photo Below The path through the marsh on May 7, 1957.

Path in Marsh

Below: In the two 2008 photos below we are looking out through the barren trees of April, across the bog and toward the west hillside. This is a somewhat similar perspective to the photos at the top of the page. We see a birch or two, but the extensive grove no longer is there. The photo immediately below is taken near Garden Guidepost #32 and the other photo from further north near Guidepost #33. Gardener Cary George reported in the Fringed Gentian™ in September 1990 that a large number of the old birch had been lost in the drought that occurred in the last years of the 1980 decade.

The bog today in spring The bog in spring

Photo below: The northern end of the marsh today is anchored by Tamaracks and a few Maples.

Tamaracks

For more information on the bog at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden see our article on "Bog History"