Published in The Fringed Gentian™
Membership information for
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Can be found on our Website Support-Us page.
Information on paying by check or by credit card is found there also.
For changes to your mailing address or email address, please contact Membership Coordinator Christi Bystedt at this email address. or Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Membership, P.O. Box 3793, Minneapolis, MN55403-0793.
Member Notes - February 2022
On January 31, the Friends Board of Directors approved budgeting over $17,000 in 2022 for our mission program of educational activities, volunteer support, student transportation grants to visit the Garden and funding for plants, habitat and infrastructure at the Garden. The largest part of this will be direct funding for needs in the Garden. Due to Covid-19, student visits have been off limits. We hope they can resume this summer. More details about how our funding is being used will be on our website as the year progresses, and also included in our monthly newsletter.
Volunteer Opportunity - February 2022
We are looking for supporters of the Friends and of the Wildflower Garden who would be interested in supporting the nearby Sumner Library with an ongoing display case project highlighting Eloise Butler and her Garden by joining in our adoption of a reading room display case celebrating Eloise Butler and the Garden. A committee would meet to brainstorm ideas, gather display items, and then set up displays seasonally. Goal is to have a display ready in April. Contact me if you are interested, even if you could only contribute to one aspect of the project or only 1-2 x a year.
Contact Jennifer Olson by email.
Member Notes - January 2022
Membership Rate Changes: It has been 13 years since we increased our basic membership rates. As announced at the Annual Meeting in September and in the Fall Fringed Gentian™, our support rates change on January 1, 2022. The current basic rates of “Individual” and “Family/Duo” will be combined into a “Basic Membership” rate of $25 per year. “Sponsor” rate will be $100 per year, “Benefactor” rate (formerly “Sustainer”) will be $250 per year and the “Life Member” rate will be a one-time payment of $1,000. This is the first change to the Benefactor and Life rate since the Friends were founded in 1952. The “Sponsor” rate remains unchanged since 1952.
The Garden's Back Gate - funded 25 years ago.
n 1997, the Friends completed funding for the reconstruction of the back gate to the Wildflower Garden, replacing the cyclone wire fence and gate of 1938 vintage. Designed by Brower and Associates for the MPRB, the gate mimics the 1990 front gate in design but with 2 columns instead of 4. The Friends paid LaMere Concrete and Able Fence $12,895 for the stone and iron work, followed by $3,649 to Selby Ornamental Iron for the wrought iron fencing. The fencing was just near the gate and did not include the fence section along the north boundary - that was replaced in 2005. The back gate was the main entrance for years when people arrived by Streetcar or walking. Tamaracks were so prevalent in the early Garden that the path in from the back was known as “Tamarack Trail.” The photo here is from 2016. G D Bebeau.