Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

front gate in Aprl

Now in our 67th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Fall 2018

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The next issue will be published in Spring 2019.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

smooth sumac Smooth Sumac
Rhus glabra L.

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

In the presence of Eloise

Sitting on these benches in front of the Martha Crone Shelter at the Wildflower Garden puts you in the presence of Eloise Butler - around those benches lie her ashes. Read the history.

sitting area at the garden

A Seasonal Poem

Sing a song of Winter!
North-wind’s bitter chill,
Home and ruddy firelight,
Kindness and good-will,
Hemlock in the churches,
Daytime soon withdrawn;
Sing a song of Winter,—


 Ah, but Winter ’s gone!

Taken from A Song of Seasons by
Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald (1864–1922)


“One swallow does not a summer make, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring. A cardinal, whistling spring to a thaw but later finding himself mistaken, can retrieve his error by resuming his winter silence. A chipmunk, emerging for a sunbath but finding a blizzard, has only to go back to bed. But a migrating goose, staking two hundred miles of black night on the chance of finding a hole in the lake, has no easy chance for retreat. His arrival carries the conviction of a prophet who has burned his bridges."
Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac

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