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Now in our 69th 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™
Spring 2020

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Long-leaved Chickweed Long-leaved Chickweed
Stellaria longifolia

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

Another Wild Botanic Garden
A predecessor to Eloise Butler's Garden

The Wild Garden of George Upham Hay in New Brunswick - Article

George Hay gathering

A Seasonal Poem

The dewdrops on every blade of grass are so much like silver drops that I am obliged to stoop down as I walk to see if they are pearls, and those sprinkled on the ivy-woven beds of primroses underneath the hazels, whitethorns and maples are so like gold beads that I stooped down to feel if they were hard, but they melted from my finger.

And where the dew lies on the primrose, the violet and whitethorn leaves they are emerald and beryl, yet nothing more than the dews of the morning on the budding leaves;


Taken from Dewdrops by
John Clare, (1793-1864)


“When our government and our capitalists are laboring to bring new land under irrigation by the construction of huge and expensive works, floods are tearing away, in small parcels, here and there, an aggregate of old land, much of it already irrigated, which is comparable to the new land in area and value. The opening of these great reclamation projects we celebrate by oratory and monuments, but the loss of our existing farms we dismiss as an act of God - like the storm or the earthquake, inevitable. But it is not an act of God; on the contrary, it is the direct result of our own misuse of the country we are trying to improve.”
Aldo Leopold, 1924 from Pioneers and Gullies.

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

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