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Now in our 70th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*

Newsletter/Friends News

graphic of newsletterCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Fall 2021

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Spring 2022 issue in late March.

A tale from the Garden

Eloise Butler's Occult Experiences Article.

Northern Cardinal

Winter Birds

Common species in Minnesota in Winter.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Tufted Loosestrife

Can you identify this Late Summer flowering plant?

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

Our Native Oaks

Will their dominance last in Minnesota in the face of climate change?

Scarlet Oak leaves

A Seasonal Poem

WHEN the wind works against us in the dark,
And pelts with snow
The lower chamber window on the east,
And whispers with a sort of stifled bark,
The beast,
'Come out! Come out!'-
It costs no inward struggle not to go,
Ah, no!
I count our strength,
Two and a child,
Those of us not asleep subdued to mark
How the cold creeps as the fire dies at length,


Taken from "Storm Fear"

By Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)


Aspen Groves: “Some of the lower mountains are covered with them, giving rise to remarkable beautiful effects in general views - waving, trembling masses of pale, translucent green in spring and summer, yellow and orange in autumn, while in winter, after every leaf has fallen, the white bark of the boles and branches seen in mass seems like a cloud of mist that has settled close down on the mountain, conforming to all its hollows and ridges like a mantle, yet roughened on the surface with innumerable ascending spires.”
John Muir, from Steep Trails

Garden theme items for sale

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Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
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Note Cards

Downloadable PDF format books.

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

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