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*

Newsletter/Friends News

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.

Shrubby Cinquefoil Shrubby Cinquefoil
Dasiphora fruticosa

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

Our Tamaracks

Eloise Butler chose the site of the Garden because it was a Tamarack Swamp. The tree and history.

fall tamaracks

A Seasonal Poem

It sifts from Leaden Sieves —
It powders all the Wood.
It fills with Alabaster Wool
The Wrinkles of the Road —

It makes an Even Face
Of Mountain, and of Plain —
Unbroken Forehead from the East
Unto the East again —


Taken from It sifts from leaden sieves by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


"The Great Horned Owl is busy having a family again. This may seem like a strange time to be sitting on a clutch of eggs but it is the time that the Great Horned Owl picks. I would think it would be a little uncomfortable, and I must say when I saw her half covered with snow she didn’t have a terribly happy expression on her face’ but she has no one to blame but herself. This is the third year in a row that we have been aware of the owl nesting in the area."
Garden Curator Ken Avery, Winter 1975

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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