Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Fall upland landscape

For 64 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

The Garden season is April 1 to Oct. 15.

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Fall 2016 Invasive Plant Removal Schedule is now completed.

Garden Plant of the Week

Yellow Foxtail Grass

Yellow Foxtail
Setaria pumila (Poir.) Roem. & Schult. ssp. pumila

Yellow Foxtail is one of five foxtail grasses found in Minnesota and along with Green Foxtail is the most commonly found. All foxtails are introduced species, probably as impurities in other seed grains, and the Yellow has been noted in the Garden from the very beginning in 1907. There are 4 to 12 yellow barbed bristles subtending each spikelet, making this species distinctive. The seed panicle is up to 4 inches long, on erect to semi-erect stems.


Environmental Note

"The woods are heaped with color, great splashes of orange, gold, and red. As well as the deep maroon of the oak and the pale yellow of birch and popular. What is more lovely than the golden flood of an autumn day?" former Garden Curator Martha Crone, from The Fringed Gentian™ Oct. 1967.

A Seasonal Poem

The line of birches to the right
Is melted into amber,
And up along the wooded height
The poison-ivies clamber;
By yonder stately chestnut, where
A mateless thrush is calling,
The leaves are dropping across the air
Like flakes of sunlight falling.

The woodland path is full of light,
And fever-fires returning;
The stinging frost of yester-night
Has set the maples burning;
The wood a regal color shows,
With purple asters bordered,
And Autumn’s dark-blue, mantle glows,
In gold and scarlet broidered!

Taken from "Forest" by
Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)

Eloise Butler's Experiences with Contrary Plants - 100 years ago

Bottle Gentian

Story: In 1916 Eloise Butler writes to the Agassiz Association about plants that would not grow where she planted them and would not bloom as she expected.

The Eloise Butler Memorial Tablet

Butler memorial tablet

Background story of the memorial to Eloise Butler in the Wildflower Garden