Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Upland Garden

Now in our 66th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Photo Identification Book of Garden Plants

graphic Spiral bound booklet, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, 75 pages, thumbnail photos of 403 species of flowering forbs, small shrubs and ferns of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All plants are native or introduced to Minnesota. Additional 236 images and notes to aid in identification. Photos are 1.25 inches square.

In addition, 114 grasses, sedges, large shrubs and trees of the Garden are line listed without photos. Full index. Information about the Garden, the curators and about The Friends. $20 plus shipping.

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Garden Plant of the Week

White Rattlesnake Root

White Rattlesnake Root
Prenanthes alba L.

White Rattlesnake is a native, tall Autumn blooming plant of the uplands. The erect unbranched stem terminates in a panicle of clusters of 3 to 8 nodding flowers. These are in the Aster family, but have only ray florets and lack the disc florets. Each flower is composed of 7 to 9 florets, which exsert a long style with they open. Bees are needed for polllination. It is indigenous to the Wildflower Garden and Eloise Butler had this to say:
“On the borders of copses, a graceful composite, Prenanthes alba, may still be seen. One notices the broad, halberd-shaped leaves long before the flowering time and wonders what sort of plant it is. And later on is sure to mark the pendant bells of the flower heads with their delicate, mauve-colored bracts enclosing whitish petals. This “gall-of-the-earth” has subterranean tubers that are bitter enough to counteract any virulence, if, as was once believed, the more ill tasting the medicine, the more potent it is to cure. The flowers go to seed like the dandelion, but the parachute of fine hairs that wafts the seed abroad is tawny brown instead of white.”
There is substantial medicinal lore written about the species.


Conservation Note

“And when I go into the woods in the afternoon, I notice already a perceptible increase in the widening of my view. New vistas are opening up. Secret places are revealed. In this bush I glimpse the nest where a brood was raised unobserved. On that tree limb I see another nest that has been screened by leaves before. The mystery of where birds we met a hundred times along these trails cared of their young becomes, with even a slight thinning of the clothing of the trees, a mystery no longer. Like the opening pages of a book, the woodland scene is spreading out. From now on, as we go along these paths, we will learn progressively something new about something old as we see revealed what the dense foliage of summer has hidden before.”
Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year

A Seasonal Poem

Ere, in the northern gale,
The summer tresses of the trees are gone,
The woods of Autumn, all around our vale,
Have put their glory on.

The mountains that infold,
In their wide sweep, the coloured landscape round,
Seem groups of giant kings, in purple and gold,
That guard the enchanted ground.

I roam the woods that crown
The upland, where the mingled splendours glow,
Where the gay company of trees look down
On the green fields below.

My steps are not alone
In these bright walks; the sweet south-west, at play,
Flies, rustling, where the painted leaves are strown
Along the winding way.

Taken from "Autumn Woods" by
Wm. Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

Phase Two of the Garden Boardwalk

The Friends need your help! Phase One of the Garden's Boardwalk was dedicated in 2015 and has won three landscape architecture awards. Phase One only covered a portion of the wetland area that needs a firm boardwalk surface.

Your donation can help us continue the boardwalk further into the wetland.

All funds The Friends raise will go toward the construction of Phase Two of the Garden's Wetland Boardwalk. You can walk on the award-winning completed Phase I portion to see wetland plants and visualize where Phase II will complete this beautiful and functional walkway over the entire Wetland.

Please consider making a donation to this critical Garden project. Details on the boardwalk, and how to donate at this link.

Garden Boardwalk