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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

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graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2019

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Bugbane Black Bugbane
Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt.

Click link on name for information and photos of this plant.

The Touch-me-nots

How they function and their history in the Wildflower Garden Article.


A Seasonal Poem

When once the sun sinks in the west,
And dewdrops pearl the evening's breast;
Almost as pale as moonbeams are,
Or its companionable star,
The evening primrose opes anew
Its delicate blossoms to the dew;
And, hermit-like, shunning the light,
Wastes its fair bloom upon the night,
Who, blindfold to its fond caresses,
Knows not the beauty it possesses;
Thus it blooms on while night is by;
When day looks out with open eye,
Bashed at the gaze it cannot shun,
It faints and withers and is gone.


Evening Primrose by
John Clare, (1793- 1864)


“By artificially impounding water we are steadily adding to our irrigated area, but these gains are being offset by erosion losses in the smaller valleys, where water was easily available simply through diversion. Broadly speaking, no net gain is resulting. We are losing the easily irrigatable land and "replacing" it by land reclaimed at great expense. The significant fact that is not understood is that this "replacement" is no replacement at all, but rather slicing at one end our our loaf while the other end sloughs away in waste. Some day the slicing and sloughing will meet. Then we shall realize that we needed the whole loaf"
Aldo Leopold, 1923, from Some Fundamentals of Conservation in the Southwest

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