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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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graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Summer/Fall 2020

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Stiff Goldenrod Stiff Goldenrod
Solidago rigida

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

Autumn colors of the Garden

A look at our only deciduous conifer. Article

A Seasonal Poem

Small beauty hath my unsung flower,
For spring to own or summer hail;
But, in the season’s saddest hour,
To skies that weep and winds that wail
Its glad surprisals never fail.

O days grown cold! O life grown old
No rose of June may bloom again;
But, like the hazel’s twisted gold,
Through early frost and latter rain
Shall hints of summer-time remain.


Taken from Hazel Blossoms by
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)


"Leaf-fall, in these October days, represents one of the major landmarks of the year. It marks the end of the time of growth, the end - for the deciduous trees - of chlorophyll-making, the end of the green months, the coming of the great change to the predominantly gray and white months. On the wet woodland trails of this day, we have the feeling of walking a ridgetop between the seasons.”
Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year.

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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