Now in our 68th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
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The next issue will be published in Late Fall 2019.
Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.
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75 years ago in 1944 Eloise Butler's Mallard Pool was abandoned. She is shown here just after the pool's completion in 1932. Read what happened in our 1944 history.
The something that is felt and heard and seen!
The genial sun, the strong and breezy air,
The depth of color ere the year shall die,
The sense of life that comes before decay;
The trees that glow ere Winter strips them bare,
The birds that sing before they southward fly,
–All these are in a mid-October Day!
“The tamaracks grow not only in the swamp, but at the foot of the bordering upland, where springs break forth. Each spring has become choked with moss, which forms a boggy terrace. I call these terraces the hanging gardens, for out of their sodden muck the fringed gentians have lifted blue jewels. Such an October gentian, dusted with tamarack gold, is worth a full stop and a long look, even when the dog signals grouse ahead."
Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac