Now in our 68th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*
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Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.
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The first major project of The Friends was dedicated to the city in May 1970. Photos and text
A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
The veriest school
Of peace; and yet the fool
Contends that God is not–
Not God! in gardens! when the eve is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign;
'Tis very sure God walks in mine.'
"Tonight, watching the first fireflies, listening to the lone whippoorwill in the darkness, savoring all the late-May scents carried on the breeze, remembering the bird song and the wild flowers of the day, we have no doubts. These are the best hours. These are the best days. The minutes of the very weeks we are living in, the hours and the days of the fifth month, are merging together into what - it seems to us now - surely must be the finest time of all."
Edwin Way Teale from A Walk Through the Year.