Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
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Fall Buckthorn removal - work days successfully completed.

Volunteer Appreciation Event - October 30, 2022. Event successfully held.

Next Board Meeting - April 3, 2023.


The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota Non-profit corporation founded in 1952 by a group of private citizens. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the interests of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary as a sanctuary for native flora and fauna of Minnesota, and to educate and inspire all people in relating to the natural world. We offer assistance for the garden in the form of funding and volunteer support and transportation grants to Minneapolis Public Schools for students to visit the Garden. (Complete Mission Statement.) You can support our mission by your annual support pledges, memorials, donations and volunteer activities. We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, no offices.

The Garden

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, founded in 1907, is owned and operated by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Many Ways to Support Us and the Garden:

Funding: Annual support contributions, periodic or one-time contributions and memorials to the friends are tax deductible and fund our mission. Our administrative and fund raising expenses are funded by non-contribution resources. Gifts "in honor of" a living person or memorials for a deceased person are accepted and encouraged.

Volunteer support: A contribution of your time in various volunteer activies regarding the Garden and the friends is encouraged.

Please use the "Support Us" Menu above for more details.

Our Newsletter - The Fringed Gentian™: Details at this link

Friends News: - Recent news notes.

Thoughts of our Founder

1952: Clinton Odell describes the Garden and why he started The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden.

More information tabs about the Friends.

Garden theme items sponsored by The Friends

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Note Cards -based on a Wildflower Garden inspired painting
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Garden plant photo ID booklet
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Downloadable history books about the Garden and the Friends

Below: 25 years ago the back gate renovation was nearing completion. The Gate and the wrought iron were in place with only parts of the retaining wall to be completed. The Friends paid for this part of the 1991/1997 renovation of the north boundary of the Garden with the MPRB doing the remaining work.

Back Gate of the Garden

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