Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
American Plum flowers


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 as a sanctuary for native flora and fauna of Minnesota, and to educate and inspire all people in relating to the natural world. We offer assistance for the garden in the form of funding and volunteer support. (Complete 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.


Annual support donations, other 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 and Bird Sanctuary, and transportation grants for students to visit the Garden. We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, no offices. Our administrative and fund raising expenses are funded by non-donation resources. Gifts "in honor of" a living person or memorials for a deceased person are accepted and encouraged. For more information about annual support, other 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.

Next Board Meeting

June 21 2021

Via Zoom.

Annual Supporters Meeting

September 19, 2021


The Spring 2021 issue of The Fringed Gentian™ is available on this site on the home page or via the PDF archive link where all past issues are available. The summer issue will be available in mid summer. Contact editor Colin Bartol (e-mail) on any questions.

More information tabs about the Friends.

Garden theme sale items sponsored by The Friends

Note Cards
Garden plant photo ID booklet

Below: 2020 was the 50th Anniversary of the Martha E. Crone Shelter in the Garden, built by the Friends in 1969/70 and dedicated on May 13, 1970.


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