Now completing our 69th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*
Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Newsletter archive - all back issues.
Eloise Butler gets stranded in Wisconsin, hitch-hikes on a rail handcar, begs for funds. Article.
How the plant got into the Wildflower Garden.
Read Article Here.
Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.
Can you identify this spring flowering plant?
LEARN ABOUT IT ON THIS PAGE
Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.
Here is a look at some of the plants that were in bloom on April 16 in the Garden.
Photo page with text and notes
Yet you are
More sweet than any.
You're the maiden posies,
And so grac'd
To be plac'd
'Fore damask roses.
Yet, though thus respected,
Ye do lie,
Poor girls, neglected.
“The violets are pre-eminently the flowers of May, and is it not true that of all flowers they are the most beloved, not excepting the rose? At least nine sorts of violets can be readily distinguished by the novice in the vicinity of Minneapolis. Violets may be classed under two heads - the leafless and the leaf-stemmed. The leafless species have only a subterranean stem, while the other class have also a stem above ground. One is rapturously happy when he chances upon a meadow tufted with clumps of these violets. No wonder at such a time one supposedly guiltless of “dropping into poetry” was heard crooning over and over to himself, “I would rather know where violets grow than a good many other things!”
Eloise Butler, May 1911