Now in our 68th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
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Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.
Click link on name for information and photos of this plant.
How they function and their history in the Wildflower Garden Article.
When once the sun sinks in the west,
And dewdrops pearl the evening's breast;
Almost as pale as moonbeams are,
Or its companionable star,
The evening primrose opes anew
Its delicate blossoms to the dew;
And, hermit-like, shunning the light,
Wastes its fair bloom upon the night,
Who, blindfold to its fond caresses,
Knows not the beauty it possesses;
Thus it blooms on while night is by;
When day looks out with open eye,
Bashed at the gaze it cannot shun,
It faints and withers and is gone.
“By artificially impounding water we are steadily adding to our irrigated area, but these gains are being offset by erosion losses in the smaller valleys, where water was easily available simply through diversion. Broadly speaking, no net gain is resulting. We are losing the easily irrigatable land and "replacing" it by land reclaimed at great expense. The significant fact that is not understood is that this "replacement" is no replacement at all, but rather slicing at one end our our loaf while the other end sloughs away in waste. Some day the slicing and sloughing will meet. Then we shall realize that we needed the whole loaf"
Aldo Leopold, 1923, from Some Fundamentals of Conservation in the Southwest