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Now in our 70th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*

Newsletter/Friends News

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Summer 2021

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A tale from the Garden

Teachers raid Big Island to get Squirrel Corn. Article.

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Our native deciduous conifer - Garden history and what climate change has in store.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Swamp Beggartick

Can you identify this late summer/autumn flowering native plant?

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

The Gentians of the Garden

A description and background of the plants, both contemporary and historical.

A Seasonal Poem

A LITTLE road not made of man,
Enabled of the eye,
Accessible to thill of bee,
Or cart of butterfly.

If town it have, beyond itself,
’T is that I cannot say;
I only sigh,—no vehicle
Bears me along that way.


A Little Road by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


“The great wilds of our country, once held to be boundless and inexhaustible, are being rapidly invaded and overrun in every directions, and everything destructible in them is being destroyed. How far destruction may go it is not easy to guess. Every landscape low and high, seems doomed to be trampled and harried. Even the sky is not safe from scathe - blurred and blackened whole summers together with the smoke of fires that devour our woods."
John Muir, 1918, from Shasta Rambles.

Garden theme items for sale

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Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
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Note Cards

Downloadable PDF format books.

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The Wild Botanic Garden
1907-1933. Companion book to The Wild Gardener
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This Satisfying Pursuit
Martha Crone and the Wild Flower Garden
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The Native Plant Reserve
1933-1958. Companion book to the Crone History

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John Moriarty
Field Guild to the Natural World of the Twin Cities
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John Moriarty
Minnesota's Natural Heritage
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John Moriarty
Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota

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