Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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For 65 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Garden Plant of the Week


Phleum pratense L.

Timothy is a cool season grass, originating in the Old World and brought to North America, by settlers to New England, for use as animal fodder. It was known as "herd's grass" and was superior to local grass varieties. Around 1720 Maryland farmer Timothy Hanson began to distribute the seed to others in surrounding states and it is for him that the grass is now named. The long spike looks similar to the various Foxtail grasses but is distinguishable by the lack of long hairy awns on the spikelets. The awns here are short and pointed resembling small horns. Timothy today, is sown for haying and frequently replanted, as it is short-lived, although perennial.


Historical Note

"The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc was founded for those who are interested in promoting and perpetuating this one remaining area so close to a busy metropolis. This bit of wilderness provides a place to get away from the pressure of city living. The right to enjoy plants and animals in their native habitat. We should exert every effort to preserve these natural conditions as a rest center for those who need them. Here can be seen in season practically all native flowers of Minnesota. Here it is a pleasure to follow the trails through the Reserve, some of them ancient Indian trails.We are most grateful to those who have given of their time and skill to insure a successful garden. What a beautiful heritage to leave to the coming generation." Former Garden Curator Maratha Crone, 1971.

A Seasonal Poem

It sifts from Leaden Sieves —
It powders all the Wood.
It fills with Alabaster Wool
The Wrinkles of the Road —

It makes an Even Face
Of Mountain, and of Plain —
Unbroken Forehead from the East
Unto the East again —

It reaches to the Fence —
It wraps it Rail by Rail
Till it is lost in Fleeces —
It deals Celestial Vail

Taken from "It sifts from Leaden Sieves" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Fund raising begins for phase 2 of the Garden Boardwalk
Details Here

Garden Boardwalk

Winter Scenes

Winter on violet way

Photos: Contempory and historical winter views of the Garden.