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

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graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2019

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Veiny Pea Veiny Pea
Lathyrus venosus

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

The May storm of 2011

The tornado of May 2011 caused extensive damage around the Garden and Wirth Beach. Here are a number of photos and a first hand account. The wild looking area on the NE corner of Glenwood Ave and Wirth Parkway is a remant of the storm.

2011 Storm Damage

A Seasonal Poem

Love on a day, wise poets tell,
Some time in wrangling spent,
Whether the violets should excel,
Or she, in sweetest scent.
But Venus having lost the day,
Poor girls, she fell on you:
And beat ye so, as some dare say,
Her blows did make ye blue.


How Violets Came Blue by
ROBERT HERRICK, English (1591-1674)


"It is true as Leopold said that to those lacking imagination, blank spaces on a map suggest useless waste. Others welcome these as possible hotbeds of the unexpected. Frame of reference is important here, notably an appreciation of the broad arc beneath which seasons cleave and yield. To some a red-winged blackbird with its bright epaulets is a red-winged blackbird with bright epaulets, while to others its sudden appearance signals that changes are afoot, winter to spring, or fall to winter."
Dennis Anderson

Garden theme items for sale

Eloise Butler Book
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
Note Cards

Downloadable PDF format books.

The Wild Botanic Garden
1907-1933. Companion book to The Wild Gardener
This Satisfying Pursuit
Martha Crone and the Wild Flower Garden
The Native Plant Reserve
1933-1958. Companion book to the Crone History