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Now ending our 67th 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™
Spring 2019

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Garden Plant of the Week

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

Canada Lily Canada Lily
Lilium canadense L.

Click link on name for information and photos of this plant.

Rescuing Showy Lady's-slippers

The Wildflower Garden has been involved on several occasions in rescuing from development clumps of our State Flower and bringing them to the Garden. Details.

Showy Lady's-slipper

A Seasonal Poem

Within the garden's peaceful scene
Appeared two lovely foes,
Aspiring to the rank of queen,
The Lily and the Rose.

The Rose soon reddened into rage,
And swelling with disdain,
Appealed to many a poet's page
To prove her right to reign.

The Lily's height bespoke command,
A fair imperial flower,
She seemed designed for Flora's hand,
The sceptre of her power.

This civil bickering and debate
The goddess chanced to hear,
And flew to save, ere yet too late,
The pride of the parterre.


Taken from The Lily & the Rose by
William Cowper, English (1731 - 1800)


Carolina Rose:
“It is the commonest of all our wild roses. [Note- author is writing in Connecticut.] For me, among all the colors spread across the fields at the end of spring, its clear, unmuddied, modest hue is one of the most appealing. These pink flowers, two or three inches across, decorate bushes that are sometimes no more than a foot of two high. The common names of the pasture rose include the low or dwarf wild rose. Its flowers are frequently few or solitary. But those blooms, with their clear-pink over lapping petals, their delicate perfume, their setting amid dusty fields or rocky slopes, possess an unassuming beauty that produces a lasting impression. Examine one of the petals beneath a magnifying glass and you discover unsuspected beauty, fine lines or veins of darker pink that radiate upward from the base”
Edwin Way Teale from from A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm. "

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