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This Month at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

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Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Web Site:

Please see the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board web site for complete information on the Garden including current operating hours, parking pass information, bus routes, programs offered at the Garden, plant and bird checklists. A locater map is also available on the Parks website.

Special Notice

Here's what's happening: Programs are suspended and the Garden shelter is closed. The Garden reopened for walking on May 19. Use the MPRB website link above for specific instructions, procedures and hours.

Highbush cranberryOctober is the last month to visit the Garden this year - The Garden closes for weekdays on Oct. 15, but remains open on weekends thereafter to the end of October when the Garden closes for the season. Fall colors are arriving on the trees and shrubs, while a few of the late flowers still offer blooms. Most prominent of the flowers will be the late asters, especially the New England Aster. While a few sun flowers and goldenrods are also blooming this month, October is a great time to test your knowledge of what plant you are looking at when only a seed head is showing. Seed heads and fruits are abundant - from the translucent red Highbush Cranberry to the downy head of a field thistle.

Parking is metered at the main gate lot (quarters or Visa/Master Card only). The back gate is closed this season. Use the “Location/Parking” tab above for a locator.

The Garden was dedicated in 1907 to be a wild native plant oasis within an urban environment, not an arboretum and no formal beds - a small natural garden where the hand of man is to be less evident.

Former Garden Curator Martha Crone wrote: "In the full glory of autumn sunlight the ruddy light comes only at this time. Like molten gold bringing out the color in everything and with the sky so blue. The lingering flowers are one by one finishing their bloom."

Photo above right: American Highbush Cranberry

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