garden gate

Now in our 69th 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/Fall 2020

Two versions available:

(1) Download pdf of printed copy:
Hi resolution 17.3 mb (best for printing).
Lo resolution - 1.1 mb.

(2) OR browser version

Web file (HTML): - Phone, tablet, and desktop browser friendly.

Newsletter archive - all back issues.

The next issue will be published in Early Winter 2020.

Want to subscribe?

Sign-up for email newsletter notification and informational emails from us.
Printed Newsletter by post is only available to members.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Virginia Creeper Virginia Creeper
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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

Autumn colors of the Garden

A look at our only deciduous conifer. Article

A Seasonal Poem

When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf,
And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief
And the year smiles as it draws near its death.
Wind of the sunny south! oh, still delay
In the gay woods and in the golden air,
Like to a good old age released from care,
Journeying, in long serenity, away.
In such a bright, late quiet, would that I
Might wear out life like thee, 'mid bowers and brooks
And dearer yet, the sunshine of kind looks,
And music of kind voices ever nigh;


Taken from October by
Wm. Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)


"Beyond a doubt October is the finest month of the year. The direct and blazing rays of the summer sun now slant only warmly upon the earth, the cool nights are refreshing and have put an end to insects. The temperature promotes steadiness of weather, when lovely golden days and clear nights are likely to follow one another, and already there is a hint of the change to take place. The glories of sunrise and again the glow of sunset intensify the scarlet and yellow tints of the leaves.”
Former Curator Martha Crone, 1962

Garden theme items for sale

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

*Content note: Content on this site is solely the responsibility of The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden. Contact The Friends for any comment about content, not the Wildflower Garden or the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.