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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

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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.

Prairie Dropseed Prairie Dropseed
Sporobolus heterolepis

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

Birding at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

A review of birding at the Garden from Eloise Butler's time to the present. Article.

A Seasonal Poem

Whence is yonder flower so strangely bright?
Would the sunset’s last reflected shine
Flame so red from that dead flush of light?
Dark with passion is its lifted line,
Hop, alive, amid the falling night.

Still it burns intenser as I gaze,
Till its heart-fire quickens with my own,
And when night shuts in dusky ways
Red and strange shine out the lights of home,
Where my flower its parting sign delays.


Taken from Cardinal Flower by
Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)


“What a difference between the atmosphere of this hidden retreat and the sophisticated gardens. Here you might come and go as you pleased, throw yourself on the grass, or sit down under overarching trees, centuries old, a remnant of a great forest that once covered this region. Many native flowers found a home here, and in a thorn thicket close by a thrush would sing at eventide, unharmed and unconcerned. Here was most precious freedom."
Jens Jensen, writing about another garden, 1939, from Siftings

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