Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front Gate of Eloise Butler

For 63 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Eloise Butler's 1917 Bird Bath

1917 Bird Bath

In 1917 Eloise Butler brought into the Garden a huge boulder and had a terraced bird bath chiseled out of the top. Still seen today. Read her comments, see more photos - here.

10, 25, 50, 75, 100 years ago

Avery Birding Terrace

A brief review of the summer season of 2005, 1990, 1965, 1940 and 1915, details

July Flower Sampler

A photo selection of early to late July Flowers. Photos

Turks Cap Lily

Eloise Butler Plant Community

Prickly Rose

The Garden is host to over 600 native plant species with habitat varying from marsh to woodland to prairie and Oak savanna. For seasonal photos, species listings, plant information - read more. .

Moana Odell Beim

Moana Odell

Clinton Odell's daughter recounts her Garden and Friends history in this interview.

Friendly Squirrel

Ken Avery writes about an extremely friendly squirrel. Article here.

Squirrel on Bird Bath

Garden Plant of the Week

Swamp Vervain

Blue Vervain
Verbena hastata L.

This species is one of 4 Vervains native to Minnesota. Also known as Swamp Vervain, it is found in moist areas near ponds and stream edges and in moist prairies. The clustered inflorescence is particularly striking in beauty and color. Once used in folk medicine it is now known to interfere with blood pressure medicines.


Historical July 4 Note

“On the 1st of July we arrived at Bent's Fort, about 70 miles below the mouth of the Fontaine-qui-bouit. [near present day La Junta, Colorado] As we emerged into view from the groves on the river, we were saluted with a display of the national flag, and repeated discharges from the guns of the fort, where we were received by Mr. George Bent with a cordial welcome and a friendly hospitality, in the enjoyment of which we spent several very agreeable days. We were now in the region where our mountaineers were accustomed to live; and all the dangers and difficulties of the road being considered past, four of them, including Carson [Kit] and Walker, remained at the fort. On the 5th we resumed our journey down the Arkansas, traveling along a broad wagon road, and encamped about twenty miles below the fort." Capt. John C. Fremont, from The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, July 1 to 5, 1844, on the return journey.

A Seasonal Poem

A DROP fell on the apple tree
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh.

A few went out to help the brook,
That went to help the sea.
Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
What necklaces could be!

Taken from "Rains" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)