Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

front gate in Aprl

Now in our 67th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2019

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The next issue will be published in Summer 2019.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

drooping trillium Drooping Trilium
Trillium flexipes Raf.

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


The new boardwalk section in the wetland at Eloise Butler is now ready for you to walk on. Check it out. It will be dedicated at 3PM on April 26, just before the start of Arbor Day festivities in Wirth Park.

New Boardwalk

A Seasonal Poem

Not pressing close on crowded ways,
Not shrinking back from any eye,
But calm beneath the open sky,
And slow to meet our curious gaze:

In April’s hour of virgin fame
The bloodroot gives her blossom birth,
And trusts within the kindly earth
The hidden sources of her shame.

Along the teeming meadow-side,
Hard by the river-banks are seen
Her close-veined sheaths of tender green,
With generous frankness opening wide.


Taken from Bloodroot by
Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863 - 1953)


“I am often asked when one can derive the most benefit or pleasure form a visit to the wild garden. Every week, from April through October, presents new attractions. First are the early spring flowers, appearing a little later than in some other places, on account of the deeper shade in the cup-like depression occupied by the bog. There is an unparalleled display of marsh marigolds, making golden vistas through the tamaracks and surrounding marshes, accompanied by the fragrant white violet and all the other notable flowers then due, indigenous or introduced, from other parts of Minnesota."
Eloise Butler, 1914, from A Letter to Theodore Wirth

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