Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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Now in our 68th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*

Newsletter/Friends News

Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Fall/Winter 2019

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The next issue will be published in Spring 2020.

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Garden Plant of the Week

Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.

Jack Pine Jack Pine
Pinus banksiana Lamb.

Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.

The Earliest Spring Wildflowers

A review of the five earliest Spring wildflowers. Photos and text

Snow Trillium

A Seasonal Poem

There's a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten--
If I ever read it.


A Patch of Old Snow by
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)


"Wearied by winter’s drab and somber tone, this weathered look is soon erased when the sun mounts in the sky and we are again safe through the winter storms. Any day now there will be a whisper of spring in the wind and another winter has blown itself out"
Martha Crone, former Garden Curator from The Fringed Gentian™, 1961

Garden theme items for sale

Eloise Butler Book
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
Note Cards

Downloadable PDF format books.

The Wild Botanic Garden
1907-1933. Companion book to The Wild Gardener
This Satisfying Pursuit
Martha Crone and the Wild Flower Garden
The Native Plant Reserve
1933-1958. Companion book to the Crone History

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