Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Garden UPland

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

Queen of the Prairie

Queen of the Prairie
Filipendula rubra (Hill) B.L.Rob.

Of the two “Queens” in the Garden, this is the most beautiful, and it grows near its sister, the Queen of the Meadow, F. ulmaria, in the wetland. The dense flower panicles are atop tall stems, the leaves with 7 leaflets, each leaflet with 2 to 3 deeply cleft lobes except the terminal leaflet which has 7 to 9 lobes. When the flower opens all parts are pink - petals, stamen filaments, anthers, styles. The root system is rhizomatous, and growing in the moist conditions it prefers, the plant will spread forming a colony. It is thought to be a recent arrival in the Garden, and is not native to Minnesota, but grows well here. In the home garden give it some space and wet-mesic to mesic moisture conditions.


Garden Note

Upland Hillside"The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc was founded for those who are interested in promoting and perpetuating this one remaining area so close to a busy metropolis. This bit of wilderness provides a place to get away from the pressure of city living. The right to enjoy plants and animals in their native habitat. We should exert every effort to preserve these natural conditions as a rest center for those who need them. Here can be seen in season practically all native flowers of Minnesota. Here it is a pleasure to follow the trails through the Reserve, some of them ancient Indian trails.We are most grateful to those who have given of their time and skill to insure a successful garden. What a beautiful heritage to leave to the coming generation"
Martha Crone. 1971, from The Fringed Gentian™

A Seasonal Poem

I watch the change from winter’s
stark architecture to jewels
of yellow, green pink and white;
showers of seeds, trees blooming
into full leaf; morning shade
cool in summer and fading
as its tender, raw youth flees;
showing the amber, rust, scarlet
of fall; before returning
to winter’s simple beauty.

"A Year's Color Wheel" by
Phoebe Waugh

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.