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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graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2020

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Shooting Star Shooting Star
Dodecatheon meadia L.

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

The Martha E. Crone Shelter is 50.

The first major project of The Friends was dedicated to the city in May 1970. Photos and text

Martha Crone Shelter

A Seasonal Poem

A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
Rose plot,
Fringed pool,
Fern'd grot–
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.'


My Garden by
Thomas Edward Brown (1830-1897)


"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.

Garden theme items for sale

Eloise Butler Book
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

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