Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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

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Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Fall 2017

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The Spring 2018 issue will be published near the end of March.

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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		  dorothy BinderDorothy Walton Binder

Friends founding director and our second President. Her story. Read more.

The Secret Life of Winter

ChipmunkNaturalist Diana Thottungal explains some of the secret things that go on under the snow cover. Illustrated article

Garden Plant of the Week


Corydalis solida (L.) Clairv.


Seasonal Thoughts

Spring Resolutions.

• This year I will spend more time in the garden. I will walk the trails more slowly and be more attentive. I will not only smell the flowers but also learn about them. What are their names? What families do they represent and who are their relatives. What are their growing requirements? What name did the Native Americans call them and how did they use the plant?"

• This year I will learn more about the spring ephemerals. Which plants are in this category? When is their first bloom and how long will the flower last? Are they affected by global warming?
Friends member Larry Gravitz.

A Seasonal Poem

Fill soft and deep, O winter snow!
The sweet azalea's oaken dells,
And hide the banks where roses blow
And swing the azure bells!

O'erlay the amber violet's leaves,
The purple aster's brookside home,
Guard all the flowers her pencil gives
A life beyond their bloom.

And she, when spring comes round again,
By greening slope and singing flood
Shall wander, seeking, not in vain
Her darlings of the wood.

Taken from "Flowers of Winter" by
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 - 1892)

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.