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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

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Spring 2021

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Summer issue in July

A tale from the Garden

The ghost of the hermit who lived in the hillside. Article.

Prairie dock flower

Prairie Dock

Eloise can't make it bloom until she tries a trick.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Agrimony raceme

Can you identify this late summer flowering native plant?

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

The Lilies of the Garden

A description and background of the plants with links to identification pages.

Michigan Lily

A Seasonal Poem

You ought to have seen what I saw on my way
To the village, through Mortenson's pasture to-day:
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!


Taken from Blueberries by
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)


“Therein it is shown that all but three of the states having laws for the suppression of weeds make it an offense for their citizens to permit the Canada Thistle to mature and scatter its seeds. Penalties are also provided in the case of seedsmen who sell grain, grass, or clover seeds contaminated by its presence - but the thistle marches on, bidding defiance in every prickle to such attempts at its extermination. The laws are very good but enforcement is neglected.”
Ada George, 1914, from from A Manual of Weeds

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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