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Now in our 70th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*

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graphic of newsletter coverCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2022

All back issues - Newsletter archive.


Summer 2022 issue in late July.

A tale from the Garden

Eloise Butler and Mary Meeker visit Interstate Park to find the Fragrant Fern. Article.


Late May Flowers

Late spring wildflowers sampler from the Garden.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

mystery plant Can you identify this spring flowering plant?

Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.

Native spring wild flowers for a shady area.

A tree shaded area is not an impediment to a native spring wild flower garden. Let’s consider an assortment of spring flowering Minnesota natives that will please without much annual exertion.

Virginia bluebells

A Seasonal Poem

Waits the flower amid her shadows
All the day,
And the slender birch-tree glistens,
Where she droops her head and listens
And her footprints I discover
Where the sweet-fern closes over,
Round the edges of the woodlands
Tender with the May!

O the lights of earth and heaven
Growing day by day;
O the winds among the grasses, -
Showers, along the mountain passes
O the shy, straw-colored bell
In the shadow of the dell,
Heir to all the early freedom
Of the May!


Taken from "Wild Oat"

By Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)


"How interesting to trace the history of a single raindrop.....Some happy drops fall straight into the cups of flowers, kissing the lips of lilies. How far they have to go, how many cups to fill, great and small, cells too small to be seen, cups holding half a drop as well as lake basins between the hills, each replenished with equal care, every drop in all the blessed throng a silvery newborn star with lake and river, garden and grove, valley and mountain, all that the landscape holds reflected in its crystal depths, God’s messenger, angel of love sent on it way with majesty and pomp and display of power that make man’s greatest shows ridiculous.”
John Muir from The Yosemite, “My First Summer in the Sierra.”

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