Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Upland Hillside

Now in our 65th 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

Fool's Parsley

Fool's Parsley
Aethusa cynapium L.

First off, this plant is not found in Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden but we thought you should be introduced to it as it is not a common plant to see. It was recently found in the metro area, and while not an aggressive spreader like some other members of the Carrot family, it may gradually make its way into places where it should not be. It is of Eurasian origin, 1 to 2 feet high and looks superficially similar to the Water Hemlocks. Like them, it is poisonous, but with less strength. The genus name means “burning” referring to the toxic effects on the mouth, throat and stomach.

It is called “Fool’s Parsley” because the unwary may mistake it for true parsley which has a very similar leaf, but the true parsley flower is yellow, not white. Also, the flowers and leaves of Fool's Parsley have a disagreeable odor when crushed. If you see it, eradicate it if it is on property where that would be allowable. More identification details on the information sheet.


Conservation Note - 100 years ago.

Upland Hillside“The great wilds of our country, once held to be boundless and inexhaustible, are being rapidly invaded and overrun in every directions, and everything destructible in them is being destroyed. How far destruction may go it is not easy to guess. Every landscape low and high, seems doomed to be trampled and harried. Even the sky is not safe from scathe - blurred and blackened whole summers together with the smoke of fires that devour our woods.”
John Muir, 1918, from Shasta Rambles

A Seasonal Poem

T'WAS later when the summer went
Than when the cricket came,
And yet we knew that gentle clock
Meant nought but going home.

T'swas sooner when the cricket went
Than when the winter came,
Yet that pathetic pendulum
Keeps esoteric time.

"T'was later when the summer went" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Phase Two of the Garden Boardwalk

Garden BoardwalkThe 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. Right now we have a matching grant so your donation will do double duty!

Details on the boardwalk, and how to donate at this link.