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graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2020

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Creme pea Cream Pea
Lathyrus ochroleucus Hook.

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

The Martha E. Crone Shelter is 50.

The first major project of The Friends was dedicated to the city in May 1970. Photos and text

Martha Crone Shelter

A Seasonal Poem

June is a scarlet rose,
The blossom of the year;
In May, among the open woods,
We watch the promise of her buds,
Which still are hidden close;–
The June-tide is not here!

June is a red, red rose,
The blossom of the year;
The winds and showers of May, too soon
Are drifted to the verge of June,
And summer heats disclose
The passion which is here!


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


"During every week from April to September there are, on the average, ten wild plants coming into first bloom. In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. ... Tell me of what plant-birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education."
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

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