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

Newsletter/Friends News

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.

American Spikenard American Spikenard
Aralia racemosa L. ssp. racemosa

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

Mallard Pool Abandoned - 75 years ago

75 years ago in 1944 Eloise Butler's Mallard Pool was abandoned. She is shown here just after the pool's completion in 1932. Read what happened in our 1944 history.

Eloise Butler

A Seasonal Poem

The something that is felt and heard and seen!
The genial sun, the strong and breezy air,

The depth of color ere the year shall die,
The sense of life that comes before decay;

The trees that glow ere Winter strips them bare,

The birds that sing before they southward fly,

–All these are in a mid-October Day!


Taken from October Sonnet by
Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)


“The tamaracks grow not only in the swamp, but at the foot of the bordering upland, where springs break forth. Each spring has become choked with moss, which forms a boggy terrace. I call these terraces the hanging gardens, for out of their sodden muck the fringed gentians have lifted blue jewels. Such an October gentian, dusted with tamarack gold, is worth a full stop and a long look, even when the dog signals grouse ahead."
Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac

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