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Now in our 70th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*

Newsletter/Friends News

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Fall 2021

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Spring 2022 issue in late March.

A tale from the Garden

Eloise Butler's search for the White Lady's-slipper. Article.

Northern Cardinal

Winter Birds

Common species in Minnesota in Winter.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Black Medick

Can you identify this Summer flowering plant?

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

Our Native Dogwoods

All have grown in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in past years. Learn how to recognize them.

Pagoda Dogwood

A Seasonal Poem

See how in a living swarm they come
From the chambers beyond that misty veil;
Some hover awhile in air, and some
Rush prone from the sky like summer hail.
All, dropping swiftly or settling slow,
Meet, and are still in the depths below;
Flake after flake
Dissolved in the dark and silent lake.


Taken from "The Snow Shower"

By William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)


“The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we really live, so that the longer we can stay among these things, so much the more is snatched from inevitable Time. This is the real life, and all else is illusion, or mere endurance.”
Richard Jefferies, 1848-1887

Garden theme items for sale

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Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
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Note Cards

Downloadable PDF format books.

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

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