Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Dutchman's Breeches

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

----Gloria Miller ----

Keep the Dates

Announcing a Special Celebration at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary:

This year the Friends are hosting a 2 day event to mark the bloom time of the Showy Lady's-Slipper, our Minnesota State Flower, rarely seen in modern times, and one of Eloise's favorite Garden plants.

Showy Lady's-slipperAt the Garden on Saturday, June 10th from 10-4 and on Sunday, June 11th from 12-4, we invite you to join us for :

Free Garden tours led by Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Naturalists ..
(Tour Topics and Schedule)

Special Friends membership offers with new bonus premiums.....

An Eloise Butler GIFT TABLE with Lady's-Slipper themed items, such as totes, dishtowels, chef's aprons and bibs, as well as posters and notecards designed from the original Jennifer Davis Garden painting..

Eloise Butler is expected to make an appearance..

Light refreshments for sale..

Buy raffle tickets for a deluxe custom out-fitted bike from One on One Bicycle Studio. Bike show at Utepils where drawing will be held on June 11 at 5 PM..
Bike Details

At Utepils Brewing on Saturday, June 3rd and Saturday June 10th from 4 to 8 PM both days, and on Sunday, June 11th from 3 to 6 we invite you to join us for :

Special Friends membership offers with new bonus premiums.....

Buy raffle tickets for a deluxe custom out-fitted bike from One on One Bicycle Studio..
Come and see the bike and talk bike talk with One on One Bicycle Studio.
Raffle drawing will be held at Utepils on June 11, 5 PM.

All funds raised will go toward the construction of Phase II of the Garden's Wetland Boardwalk. You can walk on the award-winning completed Phase I portion to see the Lady's Slippers and visualize where Phase II will complete this beautiful and functional walkway over the entire Wetland.

Please consider making a donation to this critical Garden project. Details on the boardwalk, and how to donate at this link. More details and additional events to be announced in coming weeks - CHECK BACK.

Garden Boardwalk

Garden Plant of the Week

Indian Hemp

Prairie Dogbane
Apocynum cannabinum L.

Prairie Dogbane, aka Indian Hemp, is a native erect perennial growing from 2 to 5 feet high. The main stem is branched toward the top with ascending branches; stems take on a purplish color with maturity and contain a milky juice as do the leaves. Dry stems in Autumn produce a tough fiber that has been used by native peoples for making everything from baskets to fishing lines to sewing thread. The plant spreads by rhizomes and from seeds, which have a white fluffy tuft of hairs like the milkweeds. The toxicity of the plant comes from two cardiac glycosides, toxic normally, but in controlled doses have been shown to have anti tumor activity on human carcinomas (cancers). The plant has a long medicinal history, having been listed in both the U. S. Pharmacopoeia from 1831 to 1916 and thereafter in the NF (National Formulary) until 1960.


Natural History Note

"In comes the joyous spring which is really the high-tide of the year. The early flowers seem to have been appointed to entertain us from the moment when winter becomes too tedious, until the trees leaf out. When the season is launched it all goes too fast. It’s hard to do justice to this spring that will never return.

Spring is rushing past so swiftly. The glorious time of bloom for April and May merges so gently hardly to be noticed. This is the most breathless moment of the year, the atmosphere of Promise.

In this world of noise and hurry, it is a pleasure to loiter awhile in the Wild Flower Garden where solace is found in its silence. And to roam along the trails and feel the moist springy earth underfoot."
Former Garden Curator Martha Crone

A Seasonal Poem

To the green and sunlit forest,
Late so gray,
Come the careless robins daily,
There to call and carol gayly,
And the chime of blossom-bells
Fuller harmony foretells,
In the borders of the forest
Ringing in the May!

Waits the flower amid her shadows
All the day,
And the slender birch-tree glistens,
Where she droops her head and listens
And her footprints I discover
Where the sweet-fern closes over,
Round the edges of the woodlands
Tender with the May!

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

Common Spring Plants in the Garden


Illustrated Article: The 25 most common Spring blooming plants at Eloise Butler with average bloom dates.

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Last site update: 05/20/17. Next planned update: 05/27/17