Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

upland fall landscape

Now in our 71st 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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newsletter imageCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Fall 2022

All back issues - Newsletter archive.

Spring 2023 issue will be released in late March.

Hints for collecting seeds

milkweed seeds

Simple tools and techniques


A tale from the Garden

American Lotus

Eloise Butler explains how American Lotus got into the Garden pool, into Birch Pond, and other places far and wide.


Twigs and Branches


Our latest email -
- Plants from Isle Royale
- Bees having fun
- Volunteer events
- A plant referring to Helen of Troy

Garden Plant of the Week

mystery plant

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

Can you identify this late summer flowering plant?


Common Winter Birds

Red-bellied woodpecker

Photo page
of the birds
commonly seen in
central Minnesota
in winter.



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