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

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graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Summer 2019

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Upright  Carrion Flower Upright Carrion Flower
Smilax ecirrhata S. Watson

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

Mallard Pool Abandoned - 75 years ago

75 years ago in 1944 Eloise Butler's Mallard Pool was abandoned. She is shown here just after the pool's completion in 1932. Read what happened in our 1944 history.

Eloise Butler

A Seasonal Poem

A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
A few incisive mornings,
A few ascetic eves,—
Gone Mr. Bryant’s golden-rod,
And Mr. Thomson’s sheaves.
Still is the bustle in the brook,
Sealed are the spicy valves;


Taken from Besides the autumn poets sing by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


“A woodland ramble in the garden in September and October is most inspiring and an experience to be well remembered. The blooming plants seem to have saved up a great deal of surplus vitality for the grande finale as tho to compensate for the bleak season ahead. there are times when gray winds blow all day long and bury the woods paths with brown leaves, then again the golden flood of an October day."
Former Garden Curator Martha Crone

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