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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*

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Summer 2021

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A tale from the Garden

Teachers raid Big Island to get Squirrel Corn. Article.

Basswood Flowers


Our versatile native tree with uses from twine to honey to chocolate.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Lamceleaf Figwort

Can you identify this Summer flowering plant by the strange looking flowers?

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

Leaf Fall

There are patterns in the way in which trees shed leavs.

Sugar Maple

A Seasonal Poem

I saw the light first from the barn well.
The cold water fell into the night-chilled buckets,
Deepening to the somber blue of the southern sky.
Over the new trees, there was a strange light in the east.

The light was dawn. Like a man who has come home
After seeing many dark rivers, and will soon go again,
The dawn stood there with a quiet gaze;
Our eyes met through the top leaves of the young ash.


Taken from Getting Up Early by
Robert Bly (b.1926)


“One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature - inexhaustible abundance amid what seem enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable, wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last."
John Muir, from The Tuolumne Camp, My First Summer in the Sierra.

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

John Moriarty's books are available here until December 31.

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John Moriarty
Field Guild to the Natural World of the Twin Cities
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John Moriarty
Minnesota's Natural Heritage
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John Moriarty
Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota

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