Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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Now in our 68th 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™
Summer 2019

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

European Mountain Ash European Mountain Ash
Sorbus aucuparia L.

Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.

The Birch Trees - then and now

A look at Our valuable Birches and their past and present history in the Wildflower Garden.

A Seasonal Poem

ALL the hills are dark,
Sombre clouds afloat;
Sunlight, not a spark,
Birdsong, not a note;
Only, through the blight,
Facing winter's night,
Flaunts the mountain-ash
Scarlet berries bright.


Taken from Mountain Ash by
Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald (1864–1922)


“How silent are the woods when the air is still; how filled with sighs and murmurs when a slight breeze springs up, how echoing with the boom and shriek and wail of the treetops when a great wind blows! On this day of tumultuous gusts, the buffeted trees respond to the wind like a vast orchestra of aeolian harps. In a thousand variations, the twigs, the branches, the individual forms of the bare treetops contribute different strains, different tones to the roaring medley that rises and falls around us."
Edwin Way Teale from A Walk Through the Year

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