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.
Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.
A look at Our valuable Birches and their past and present history in the Wildflower Garden.
ALL the hills are dark,
Sombre clouds afloat;
Sunlight, not a spark,
Birdsong, not a note;
Only, through the blight,
Facing winter's night,
Flaunts the mountain-ash
Scarlet berries bright.
“How silent are the woods when the air is still; how filled with sighs and murmurs when a slight breeze springs up, how echoing with the boom and shriek and wail of the treetops when a great wind blows! On this day of tumultuous gusts, the buffeted trees respond to the wind like a vast orchestra of aeolian harps. In a thousand variations, the twigs, the branches, the individual forms of the bare treetops contribute different strains, different tones to the roaring medley that rises and falls around us."
Edwin Way Teale from A Walk Through the Year