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, 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 (21 mb) is available for better print quality
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Carl W. Rawson

Carl Rawson This Minnesota impressionist artist and outdoors person was a charter member of The Friends and long-time board member. More Details.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Northern Bugleweed

Northern Bugleweed
Lycopus uniflorus Michx. var uniflorus

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



“In southern states, spring and summer bring a greater abundance of flowering trees and shrubs than in the north. But it is only farther north or in the mountains, where autumn brings sudden plunges of the mercury when evening comes, that we find the full splendor of the colored leaves of fall. On such a day as this everything is beautiful and pensive at once. There is a hint of sadness in the transient glory of these soon-departing colors. This is the culmination of the beauty of our northern year. Now in a relatively few days, in a comparatively swift retreat, will come the rain of colors as, dropping singly or descending in showers, the leaves drift down.” Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year.

A Seasonal Poem

The feathers of the willow
Are half of them grown yellow
Above the swelling stream;
and ragged are the bushes,
And rusty now the rushes,
and wild the clouded gleam.

The thistle now is older,
His stalk begins to moulder,
His head is white as snow;
The branches all are barer,
The linnet's song is rarer,
The robin pipeth now.

"Willow" by
Richard Watson Dixon (English 1833-1900)

Bog, Swamp or Marsh?

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

martha crone photo