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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*

Newsletter/Friends News

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Fall 2021

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Spring 2022 issue in late March.

A tale from the Garden

Eloise Butler's Occult Experiences Article.

Northern Cardinal

Winter Birds

Common species in Minnesota in Winter.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Spotted Lady's-thumb

Can you identify this Late Summer flowering plant?

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

Our Native Oaks

Will their dominance last in Minnesota in the face of climate change?

Scarlet Oak leaves

A Seasonal Poem

O wild-wood flowers, we knew and loved you well, Yet cannot mourn for that which is not lost; No piercing blast, no hard relentless frost, Can reach the inner world where you were wont to dwell!

The reigning year no absolute power can bring, Beyond its rule our true allegiance lies; We brave the night with glad, prophetic eyes, And lo! returns afar our hope’s immortal Spring!


Taken from "Dull November Day"

By Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863 - 1953)


“Where on the globe can there be found an area of equal extent with that occupied by the bulk of our States, so fertile and so rich and varied in its productions, and at the same time so habitable by the European, as this is? Michaux, who knew but part of them, says that 'the species of large trees are much more numerous in North America than in Europe; in the United States there are more than one hundred and forty species that exceed thirty feet in height; in France there are but thirty that attain this size.' Later botanists more than confirm his observations."
Henry D. Thoreau, from Walking

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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