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The Friends of the Wildflower Garden
P. O. Box 3793
Minneapolis MN 55403

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Friends' Garden Projects

at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Special Project Funding
The Friends have undertaken funding various projects over the years to benefit the Wildflower Garden. These projects are jointly worked out between the Friends and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB). These projects are funded from donations and memorials received by The Friends. A photo-sampling of the many projects funded by The Friends is presented below. Comprehensive chronological list at the bottom of the page.

Photo gallery of some past projects

Phase II of wetland boardwalk - Details of project.


Cary George Wetland Boardwalk - installed July 2015

Boardwalk bridge crossing

Background: For a detailed history of this project.

Construction of the Martha E. Crone Shelter: 1969-1970

Martha Crone Shelter

For a detailed history of the Shelter Project and more photos of the new and the old: Shelter Project

Construction of the Front Gate to the Garden - 1990

front gate outside Inside of Front Gate

Construction of the Back Gate (1995-1997) and the addition of ornamental fencing (2005)

Back gateBack Fence Winter

Funding for the Avery Birding Terrace - 2005

avery bird area Avery dedication

Click this link for information on Ken Avery and the dedication of the Ken Avery Birding Terrace.

Materials for the repair and improvement of the Garden Curator's shed; 1997 -1998

Garden shed Curator's work shed

Shelter improvements, natural spring renovation, birdbath, seats, book.

New Shelter Gutters
2004: Steve Pundt and Pam Weiner showing one of the new copper gutters for the Martha Crone Shelter funded by the Friends.
Renner Well Drilling
1998-99: The Friends hired Renner Well Co. to install a well to improve water flow at the old Great Medicine Spring. Details.

1990 birdbath
1990 - Acquisition of a boulder and sculpting it to make a birdbath (Funds from the Marion Grimes estate). Located on central hill in the Upland Garden. Details.
Granite Seating in the Prairie
1995 - Purchase of three granite boulders for seating in the new Upland Garden area.

Wild Gardener Book
1989 - 1992 - Funding of the research and publication of The Wild Gardener, a biography of Eloise Butler, by Martha E. Hellander.
Garden Guidebook
2001 - Funds for production of the new guide book.

Garden Rustic Restroom Materials (1973), New Screen Door for Shelter (2007), new desk for Shelter (2017).

Garden rest room Shelter screen Door 2017 shelter desk

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Chronological Project Listing:

Through 2022, total dollars provided through the Friends exceeds $400,000.

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