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™
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The Fall 2018 issue will be published in November.
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.
A new book-length sketch of the Garden's second curator and founding member of The Friends. Downloadable low resolution PDF file (10 mb) good for screen viewing, 176 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 higher resolution file (35 mb) is available for better print quality
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This Minnesota impressionist artist and outdoors person was a charter member of The Friends and long-time board member. More Details.
Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.
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“When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods: what would become of us if we walked only in a garden or a mall? Even some sects of philosophers have felt the necessity of importing the woods to themselves, since they did not go to the woods. “They planted groves and walks of Platanes,” where they took subdiales ambulationes in porticos open to the air. Of course it is of no use to direct our steps to the woods, if they do not carry us thither. I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit.
In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society. But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village. The thought of some work will run in my head and I am not where my body is—I am out of my senses. In my walks I would fain return to my senses. What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods? I suspect myself, and cannot help a shudder, when I find myself so implicated even in what are called good works—for this may sometimes happen.” Henry Thoreau, 1862, from Walking.
THE MURMURING of bees has ceased;
But murmuring of some
Has simultaneous come,—
The lower metres of the year,
When nature’s laugh is done,—
The Revelations of the book
Whose Genesis is June.;
Visual and practical benefits- from paper to beer - are reviewed in this article. In the background of this photo is Eloise Butler's famed 8-boled White Birch.