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*

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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.

Bkue Grama Blue Grama
Bouteloua gracilis (Kunth)

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

Snow drifts down on a pass we climbed
in the English Lakes one August day.
Rough dark boulders thickly rimed
forget we ever came up that way.

We chose our steps and sang aloud,
a gusty wind to swell our song,
and now a lightly pressing shroud
seals up the path we came along.

Soon the spring of another year
will learn how little shale can tell
of echoing feet that clambered here
before the pall of winter fell.


Taken from Heavy Snow Blankets England by
Betty Bridgman (1916 - 1999)


"On the 27th (Jan 1768) much snow fell all day and in the evening the frost became intense...and on the 31st of January, just before sun-rise, with rime on the trees and on the tube of the glass, the quicksilver sunk exactly to zero ... a most unusual degree of cold this for the south of England! During these four nights the cold was so penetrating that it occasioned ice in warm chambers and under beds; and in the day the wind was so keen that persons of robust constitutions could scarcely endure to face it. The Thames was at once so frozen over both above and below bridge that crowds ran about on the ice.”
Gilbert White, 1768 from “Letters to Daines Barrington"

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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