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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, like all MPRB buildings is closed. The Garden has reopened for walking on May 19. Use the MPRB website link above for specific instructions, procedures and hours. Check frequently as these will change based on how things go at the Garden.

Showy lady's slipperJune: During the month of June, the trees and shrubs will be in full leaf and the colorful early summer flowers are bursting forth in the Upland Garden and the Wetland has greened up. June is also the month to see the flowering of the jewel of the Garden, the Showy Lady's-slipper, usually by the beginning of the second week of June - but slightly later if there is an late spring.

Parking is metered at the main gate lot (quarters or Visa/Master Card only), but you may park in the free Wirth Lake Beach parking lot and walk to the back gate of the Garden. 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: “Spring flowers are through blooming and the forest is deepening and there is shade and shadows. Midsummer flowers take to the open as woodlands become too shaded for blossoms. From then until frost a constantly changing panorama is seen. Each season seems to reach a peak and then end, but just beyond we can sight new loveliness. Each season has its own treasures. "

Photo above right: Showy Lady's-slipper

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