Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

front gate

Now in our 67th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Fall 2018

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MORE PHOTOS from the Oct. 26 Volunteer Appreciation Event.

Newsletter archive - all back issues.

The next issue will be published in NSpring 2019.

Photo Identification Book of Garden Plants

graphic Spiral bound booklet, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, 142 pages, thumbnail photos of 437 species of flowering forbs, small shrubs and ferns of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All plants are native or introduced to Minnesota. Additional 578 images and notes to aid in identification. Photos are approximately 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

In addition, 114 grasses, sedges, large shrubs and trees of the Garden are line listed without photos. Full index. Information about the Garden, the curators and about The Friends. $19.95 plus $3 shipping.

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Martha Crone and the Wild Flower Garden

Martha CroneA new book-length sketch of the Garden's second curator and founding member of The Friends. Downloadable low resolution PDF file (10 mb) good for screen viewing, 176 pages - if printed double sided, it is in book format - 8-1/2 x 11 size pages. This file will view correctly in Adobe Reader. A larger higher resolution file (35 mb) is available for better print quality
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Garden Plant of the Week

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

American Alumroot
Heuchera americana (L.) var. hirsuticaulis

Click link on name for information and photos of this plant.



“Winter begins with sunshine. Winter begins with wind. Winter begins with the calling of a bluejay, the cawing of a crow, the whistling of a cardinal. Winter begins with a shining lacework of ice edging the running water of the brook, with the sweet fragrance of hickory smoke in the air.” Edwin Way Teale from A Walk Through the Year.

A Seasonal Poem

The wind belongs to March today
Those sodden trees to February
The clouds are few enough for May
The sun has just been drowned in sherry
That wells up over the south-west rim
Casting a pallid amber glow
Across this pasture knoll, grown dim
With evening and half bald with snow.

The air impatient, wet and thin
Will quench the longest wavering ember
Before this season closing in
Can prove to me it is December.

Overture by
Betty Bridgman (1915 - 1999)

75 years ago

What would you have seen on a visit during 1943? The old office as shown here, not the current shelter building; you may see Theodore Wirth or visit with Martha Crone or see Whitney Eastman and the Western Tanager. You may have arrived on the streecar. All the details about the year 1943.

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