Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
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Different Ways to Support Us

Annual Giving // Donate // Memorials // In-Honor-Of Gifts // Deferred Gifts // Volunteer Time

Annual Giving Support






Become an annual supporter or continue your annual support of the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc. and be part of a diverse group who have recognized the value of this small patch of land and wish to honor the vision of an extraordinary woman, Eloise Butler, who first sought to preserve it over a century ago. A pledge of $25 or more annually is appreciated.

For our latest news - see the "What's Happening Page" and the "2022 support giving notes notes."

Make a Support Donation


Here's how to do it




Help us with the Student Transportation Grant Program to bring school age children to the Garden.

Help us with Garden projects such as refurbishment, special or general plantings; these  that are  fully or partially funded by the Friends and are developed in cooperation with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Garden Curator.

Help us maintain our reserve funds that are used when necessary to fund major projects.



Here's how to do it


Memorials are a loving way to remember someone. Families who have lost a loved one frequently request that memorials be made to the Friends, particularly if the loved one appreciated the beauty and serenity of the Garden.

Donation in–honor–of


Here's how to do it


In–Honor–of: A gift to the Friends "in honor of" can simply be a means of honoring a living person(s) or some group OR use this as an alternate type gift for a holiday, a birthday, an anniversary, etc. We will inform them of your gift, about the Friends and the Garden, offer them our newsletter and other communications - perhaps they will become a supporter just like yourself.

Deferred Gifts


We Also Accept Donated securities, Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs, Distributions from Donor Advised Funds.

Estate Gifts



Life Insurance

Retirement Accounts



Remember the Garden in Your Estate Plan. Please consider a gift to benefit the Garden in your estate plan. Estate gifts can be made through your will or revocable living trust by a provision such as this:
"I give $_____ to The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc. to benefit the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary."
You can also leave a gift by naming the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc. as a beneficiary of a portion of your life insurance or retirement account. Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission to preserve and protect the Garden!


Shelter Docents

Invasive Plant Removal

Legacy Stewards


Social media

Friends Board


Volunteer opportunities at the Garden are managed by the Friends or by the Garden Staff. Visit our VOLUNTEER Page for details.

Have a topic you would like to write about and publish in our newsletter? Contact us for information.

Want to volunteer some time to help direct the work of the Friends or work on committee activities? On social media? On the Friends Board of Directors? Contact us for information.

The work of the Friends is funded primarily via annual support donations, other individual donations, gifts in-honor-of someone and memorials. Administration and fund raising expenses of the Friends are small and are covered by non-donation resources, thus all of your support money goes to our mission to protect, preserve, and promote the interests of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.

Current Donor List

These links provide a list of donors to the Friends:

2022 - - - - 2021 - - - - 2020


Send e-mail

Tax deductible: As the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden has been an IRS approved 501-c(3) non-profit organization since 1953, all donations and memorials are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by Minnesota and Federal law for gifts to charitable organizations. All donors will receive written acknowledgment from The Friends of their gift if the donors address is provided. IRS and FRIENDS organization documents.

Friends’ discretion. It is not possible for the Friends to dedicate donations, gifts and memorials to specific projects or objects other that the specific funding needs outlined above. General donations are used at the discretion of the Friends Board unless choices are provided during the payment process.



Karol Gresser - R.I.P. 2022 - 1967

Jerry and Lee Shannon - 1967

Mr. J. S. Futcher - 1970


Jeremy Nichols & Evelyn Turner - 1981.

Susan & Robert Warde - 1980.


Garden theme sale items sponsored by The Friends

Note Cards
Garden plant photo ID booklet

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