Friends of the Wild Flower Garden  
For 62 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Friends Projects and Programs Historical Notes Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
Kids garden tour Castine Maine coastline Shelter

1. 2014 Projects and Programs
2. 2013 Projects
3. Children's Transportation Grant
4. Cary George Wetland Project
5. Friend's Past Garden Projects

1. Seasonal History - Autumn of - 1914, 1939, 1964, 1989, 2004
2. The making of Martha Hellander's book on Eloise Butler
3. Then and Now - East Woodland Path
4. Clinton Odell - Friends' Founder

1. Who was Eloise Butler?
2. Garden history topic list
3. Garden Plant Community
4. Autumn flower sampler
5. Geography of the Garden
6. Avery Birding Terrace
7. Eloise Butler's Writings

George Bridgman

Short Notes

Long-time volunteer George Bridgman

1939 - Martha Crone gets the Garden season extended to Oct. 15th.

Martha Crone
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"Beyond a doubt October is the finest month of the year. The direct and blazing rays of the summer sun now slant only warmly upon the earth, the cool nights are refreshing and have put an end to insects. The temperature promotes steadiness of weather, when lovely golden days and clear nights are likely to follow one another, and already there is a hint of the change to take place. The glories of sunrise and again the glow of sunset intensify the scarlet and yellow tints of the leaves.” Former Curator Martha Crone, 1962.

There will be frost tonight. The air is scant.
The blanket of our atmosphere wears thin.
And marigolds that we were late to plant
Are crowded by our windows, staring in.
Come help me cover them. They may not last
After a windless night when boughs are bare,
Acorns are gathered, equinox is past,
And rising in the east, autumn's Great Square.

Outside, the dark is spicy with their scent
And cold dew falling. Come - This is our chance
To save the only gold that was not spent
Before the white invader’s first advance.
Bring shawls and shield their petals carefully
From constellations they weren't meant to see.

"First Night of Frost" by
Betty Bridgman (1916 - 1999)

White Ash

"Where on the globe can there be found an area of equal extent with that occupied by the bulk of our States, so fertile and so rich and varied in its productions, and at the same time so habitable by the European, as this is? Michaux, who knew but part of them, says that 'the species of large trees are much more numerous in North America than in Europe; in the United States there are more than one hundred and forty species that exceed thirty feet in height; in France there are but thirty that attain this size.' Later botanists more than confirm his observations.” Henry Thoreau, 1862, from Walking
White Ash
Fraxinus americana L.
One of the 3 ash trees native to Minnesota, White Ash is indigenous to the Garden and also planted by Eloise Butler in 1909. The wood is second only to Hickory for use in tool handles and baseball bats due to its hardness and strength.

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The Garden Shelter closes weekdays after Oct. 15 - open weekends through Oct. 26 - then closes for the season.

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Cary George Wetland Project
Details & Status

Video of the Cary George Wetland Project

President's Letter (pdf)

Garden Curator's Notes (pdf)

Current Postings

Links to other sites

Fall Buckthorn Removal Schedule

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LAST SITE UPDATE 10/25/14. Next planned update - 11/01/14