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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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Fall/Winter 2020

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A tale from the Garden

Eloise Butler writes about the ghostly hermit. Article.

maple glen

The Maple Glen

How the Friends Invasive Plant Action Group has restored this habitat. Article.

Mystery Garden Plant of the Week

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

Moneywort Can you identify this plant?
Learn about it here.

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

Water in the Wetland

A historical review of water, pools, springs and dams in the wetland of Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. 1907 to the present. Article

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A Seasonal Poem

There's a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten--
If I ever read it.


A Patch of Old Snow by
Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)


“It is part of wisdom never to revisit a wilderness, for the more golden the lily, the more certain that someone has gilded it. To return not only spoils a trip, but tarnishes a memory. It is only in the mind that shining adventure remains forever bright.”
Aldo Leopold, from Sketches Here and There

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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