Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front gate in winter

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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MORE PHOTOS from the Oct. 26 Volunteer Appreciation Event.

Newsletter archive - all back issues.

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.

Philadelphia Fleabane Philadelphia Fleabane
Erigeron philadelphicus L. var. philadelphicus

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

Cedars and Spruces - Life Saving Trees

Read How they prevented scurvy among early mariners, and also made beer. Article.

Northern White Cedar Black Spruce

A Seasonal Poem

So near to paradise all pairing ends:
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.

A feather-hammer gives a double knock.
This Eden day is done at two o'clock.
An hour of winter day might seem too short
To make it worth life's while to wake and sport.

Taken from A Winter Eden by
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)


“January is a period of quiet and repose. Nature is only sleeping, since its work is done for the present, while we enjoy a cherry fire of logs during the long nights. February’s cold often sinks to a low level in this area staying there for long spells adding a fresh sparkle to the earth’s blanket of snow. Yet before long its winter into spring, especially if we think of the quotation by Coleridge - And Winter, slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!” ” 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