Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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Now in our 67th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Summer 2018

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Newsletter archive - all back issues.

The Fall 2018 issue will be published in November.

Photo Identification Book of Garden Plants

graphic Spiral bound booklet, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, 142 pages, thumbnail photos of 437 species of flowering forbs, small shrubs and ferns of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All plants are native or introduced to Minnesota. Additional 578 images and notes to aid in identification. Photos are approximately 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

In addition, 114 grasses, sedges, large shrubs and trees of the Garden are line listed without photos. Full index. Information about the Garden, the curators and about The Friends. $19.95 plus $3 shipping.

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Martha Crone and the Wild Flower Garden

Martha CroneA new book-length sketch of the Garden's second curator and founding member of The Friends. Downloadable low resolution PDF file (12 mb) good for screen viewing, 171 pages - if printed double sided, it is in book format - 8-1/2 x 11 size pages. This file will view correctly in Adobe Reader. A larger high resolution file (42 mb) is available for better print quality
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Which Oak is that?

Need help identifing the various Oak tree species in our area. Try our "oak leaf key"

Bur Oak leaf

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Grape Woodbine

Grape Woodbine
Parthenocissus vitacea (Knerr) Hitchc.

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



“"September is more than a month, really, it is a season, an achievement in itself. It begins with August’s leftovers and it ends with October’s preparations, but along the way it achieves special certainties and satisfactions. After summer’s hear and haste, it even brings a sense of quiet and leisure as the year consolidated itself and its achievements. But the green urgency is past, its ripeness almost complete. Even the days and nights near their time of balance as we approach equinox and harvest moon. Deliberate September, in its own time and tempo, begins to sum up another summer.” Hal Borland, 1987.

A Seasonal Poem

HIGH from the earth I heard a bird;
He trod upon the trees
As he esteemed them trifles,
And then he spied a breeze,
And situated softly
Upon a pile of wind
Which in a perturbation
Nature had left behind.
A joyous-going fellow
I gathered from his talk,
Which both of benediction
And badinage partook,
Without apparent burden,
I learned, in leafy wood
He was the faithful father
Of a dependent brood;
And this untoward transport
His remedy for care,—
A contrast to our respites.
How different we are!

"High from the earth" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Bogs, Swamp or Marsh?

The wetland at Eloise Butler - its history and plant life.

martha crone photo