Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
Upland hillside

About the Friends


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 support the Garden. Members and supporters of the Friends receive a periodic newsletter, The Fringed Gentian™.

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Membership fees, 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. The Friends have no paid staff, no offices and maintain non-program expenses to less than 5% 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 click the Membership or Donations button 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:

April 1, 2019, 7 PM, at Kenwood Community Center,
2101 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis.

Members Newsletter:

The Fall 2018  issue of The Fringed Gentian™ was mailed the week of Dec. 3rd and available on this website on that date. The next issue will be in the Spring of 2019. 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 I of the wetland boardwalk.


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