Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front Gate to the Garden

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

The Showy Lady's-slipper

The first half June is the time the Showy Lady's-slipper usually comes into bloom in the Garden. Photo Page.

Grasses and Sedges in Eloise Butler.

Pennsylvania Sedge

Thumbnail page showing the grasses and sedges found in the Garden with links to complete information pages.

Garden Plant of the Week

Twoleaf Mitrewort

Twoleaf Mitrewort
Mitella diphylla L.

Twoleaf Mitrewort has both a common and scientific name that explains the plant. The flowering stem has a pair of unstalked leaves opposite each other - hence 'Twoleaf' (diphylla). When the calyx closes after fertilization the flower head resembles a bishops cap, or 'mitre' ( From the Greek Mitra, meaning 'cap', then to 'Mitella' in Latin). In old times the plant was thought to have healing properties, hence 'wort'. This is a woodland plant that prefers dappled sunlight and moist soils. Eloise Butler introduced the species to the Garden in 1909 from Appleton Maine, then in later years from local sources.


Natural History Comment

“During every week from April to September there are, on the average, ten wild plants coming into first bloom. In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. ... Tell me of what plant-birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education.” Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac.

A Seasonal Poem

I will not have the mad Clytie,
Whose head is turn'd by the sun;
The tulip is a courtly quean,
Whom, therefore, I will shun;
The cowslip is a country wench,
The violet is a nun; -
But I will woo the dainty rose,
The queen of every one.

Taken from "The Rose" by
Thomas Hood (English 1798-1845)