Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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Now in our 67th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2018

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The Srummer 2018 issue will be published in July.

Photo Identification Book of Garden Plants

graphic Spiral bound booklet, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, 142 pages, thumbnail photos of 437 species of flowering forbs, small shrubs and ferns of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All plants are native or introduced to Minnesota. Additional 578 images and notes to aid in identification. Photos are approximately 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

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. $19.95 plus $3 shipping.

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great st. johnswortFive mid-summer plants.

Here are five plants to be considered for your wild garden. Four are native and grow nicely in central Minnesota. The fifth is an introduced plant, with pleasing flowers and not aggresive. The Full Story.

Garden Boardwalk

boardwalk bridgeThe Friends and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board have raised funds to complete the boardwalk through the marsh. Installation may take place this year in late Summer. Boardwalk Details.

Garden Plant of the Week

Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.

Northern Dewberry

Northern Dewberry
Rubus flagellaris Willd.

Click link on name for information and photos of this plant.


Natural History Note

“The succession of native plants in the pastures and roadsides, which makes the silent clock by which time tells the summer hours, will make even the divisions of the day sensible to a keen observer. The tribes of birds and insects, like the plants punctual to their time, follow each other, and the year has room for all.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Nature, 1836.

A Seasonal Poem

But as I said it, swift there passed me by
On noiseless wing a bewildered butterfly,

Seeking with memories grown dim o'er night
Some resting flower of yesterday's delight.

And once I marked his flight go round and round,
As where some flower lay withering on the ground .

And then he flew as far as eye could see,
And then on tremulous wing came back to me.

I thought of questions that have no reply,
And would have turned to toss the grass to dry;

But he turned first, and led my eye to look
At a tall tuft of flowers beside a brook,

Taken from "A Tuft of Flowers" by
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)

Ferns in Eloise Butler

Ferns have always had a prominent place in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Here are several pages to look at:

Thumbnails of ferns in the Garden - now and historically.

Eloise Butler writes about ferns in the early years.

Christmas Fern