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Now in our 69th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*

Newsletter/Friends News

graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2020

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Prairie Rosinweed Prairie Rosinweed
Silphium integrifolium Michx.

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

The Pea Family
Plants in the Garden

A review with photos of the 32 species now or once found in the Wildflower Garden. Article

pea family group

A Seasonal Poem

The skies are veiled in floating mist,
The hills are lost in vagueness dim,
With showery wood and glistening field
Beneath their silver rim;
The dripping vine-leaves lie outspread
Against the pearl-dropt window-pane,
With underneath and overhead
In soft, monotonous cadence shed,
The pattering of the rain.


Rain Verse by
Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863-1953)


“The succession of native plants in the pastures and roadsides, which makes the silent clock by which time tells the summer hours, will make even the divisions of the day sensible to a keen observer. The tribes of birds and insects, like the plants punctual to their time, follow each other, and the year has room for all”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1836, from Nature

Garden theme items for sale

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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