Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
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The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota Non-profit corporation founded in 1952 by a group of private citizens. Our purpose is to protect, preserve, and promote the interests of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary for its unique beauty and as a sanctuary for native flora and fauna of Minnesota, and to educate and inspire people of all ages in relating to the natural world. We offer assistance for the garden in the form of funding and volunteer support. (Mission Statement.) You can support our mission by your membership, memorials and donations.

Membership is open to any interested person or organization that wishes to provide ongoing base support for our Garden and educational programs.

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Membership support, donations and memorials to the friends are tax deductible. These amounts fund our program of educating the public, providing funding and volunteer support for the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, and funding transportation grants for students to visit the Garden. We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, no offices and our 3-year average of non-program expenses is 2.9% of revenue. Memorials "in honor of" a living person or memorials for a deceased person are accepted and encouraged. For more information on membership or donations and memorials please use the Membership or Donations Menu above.

Thoughts of our Founder

1952: Clinton Odell describes the Garden and why he started The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Oct. 27, 2019, 5 PM
St. Mary's Church, 3450 Irving Are So

Next Friends Board Meeting

Jan. 17, 2020, 7 PM at
2510 Sheridan Ave So Minneapolis

Members Newsletter:

The Summer 2019 issue  issue of The Fringed Gentian™ has been distributed and is available in the past issue link below. Contact editor Colin Bartol (e-mail) on any questions. Past issues are available in the newsletter PDF archive.

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Garden theme sale items sponsored by The Friends

Eloise Butler Book
Note Cards
Garden plant photo ID booklet

Below: Our most recent major project - Phase II of the wetland boardwalk. Dedication was on April 26 at 3PM.

2019 boardwalk

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