Now in our 67th 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.
The tornado of May 2011 caused extensive damage around the Garden and Wirth Beach. Here are a number of photos and a first hand account. The wild looking area on the NE corner of Glenwood Ave and Wirth Parkway is a remant of the storm.
Love on a day, wise poets tell,
Some time in wrangling spent,
Whether the violets should excel,
Or she, in sweetest scent.
But Venus having lost the day,
Poor girls, she fell on you:
And beat ye so, as some dare say,
Her blows did make ye blue.
"It is true as Leopold said that to those lacking imagination, blank spaces on a map suggest useless waste. Others welcome these as possible hotbeds of the unexpected. Frame of reference is important here, notably an appreciation of the broad arc beneath which seasons cleave and yield. To some a red-winged blackbird with its bright epaulets is a red-winged blackbird with bright epaulets, while to others its sudden appearance signals that changes are afoot, winter to spring, or fall to winter."