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.

Bulblet Fern Bulblet Fern
Cystopteris bulbifera

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

Orchids in the Garden

A look at the 46 orchid family species that have grown in the Wildflower Garden.

Yellow Lady's slippers

A Seasonal Poem

All day had the snow come down,—all day
As it never came down before;
And over the hills, at sunset, lay
Some two or three feet, or more;
The fence was lost, and the wall of stone;
The windows blocked and the well-curbs gone;
The haystack had grown to a mountain lift,
And the wood-pile looked like a monster drift,
As it lay by the farmer’s door.


Taken from A Snow Storm by
Charles Gamage Eastman (1816–1860)


"There are still millions of people whose opinions on wild life conservation, it they have any, are based in some degree on the assumption that the abundance of game must bear an inverse ratio to degree of settlement, and that the question of how long our game will hold out must be measured by the time it will take for man to completely occupy the land."
Aldo Leopold, 1918, from “The Popular Wilderness Fallacy"

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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