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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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Summer/Fall 2020

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The Gray Memorial Botanical Chapter

Background on Eloise Butlers relationship to this Chapter of which she was a member from 1908 to 1933 and of the Chapter's relationship to the Agassiz Association. Article.

Ken Avery

Ken Avery

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden's third curator, successor to Martha Crone and Eloise Butler. His tenure.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Marginal Fern Marginal Fern
Dryopteris marginalis

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

Update on work in the Maple Glen


Maple Glen

A Seasonal Poem

The park, the sky oak-swept and gray,
Leaves hit the path and blow my way.
there sits a squirrel, sleek and taut,
handling a far too heavy thought,

handling an acorn it has found
after intensive search around.
I watch, and now I can envision
the awesomeness of small decision.

The nut-sweet cupful at its nose,
lifted like chalice in two paws,
could in ten nibbles be devoured--
or should it prudently be stored?


Taken from A Nut, A Squirrel by
Betty Bridgman (1916-1999)


"The love of nature is ever returned double to us, not only the delighter in our delight, but by linking our sweetest, but of themselves perishable feelings to distinct and vivid images, which we ourselves, at times, and which a thousand casual recollections, recall to our memory. She is the preserver, the treasurer of our joys. Even in sickness and nervous diseases, she has peopled our imagination with lovely forms which have sometimes overpowered the inward pain and brought with them their old sensations.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge from Anima Poetae.

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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