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Now in our 69th 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/Fall 2020

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Giant Goldenrod Giant Goldenrod
Solidago gigantea

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

Friends membership annual meeting

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Autumn colors of the Garden

A look at our only deciduous conifer. Article

A Seasonal Poem

The woodland path is full of light.
With maple fires returning;
The day succeeds the frosty night,
With sudden splendor burning;
The pines are black against the sky,
With shifting asters bordered,
Behind, the glowing forests lie,
In gold and scarlet broidered


Taken from Forest by
Dora Read Goodale (1866-1915)


"The first note of the brilliant color of the waning year is struck by the red maple, Acer rubrum, which is abundant in all stages of growth in the wild garden. Its poignant beauty persists until after the first heavy frosts. In the spring, this tree glows brilliant in fruit as well as in flower. When the maple leaves fall, the oaks begin to put on their gorgeous crowns in many shades of red, bronze, and russet brown, set off by the yellow leaves of the birch and poplars, the gleaming white stems of the birches and the dark green foliage of the tamarack. The white oaks lend a distinctive tint of a peculiarly rich mulberry red.”
Eloise Butler, 1915 Annals of the Wildlife Reserve

Garden theme items for sale

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

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