Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Upland Garden

Now in our 66th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Garden Plant of the Week


Prunella vulgaris L. subsp. lanceolata

Heal-all is a semi-erect plant long used for medicinal purposes as the common name implies. In the Mint family, it has square stems and the purplish flowers are arranged in verticillasters, typical of the Mint family. Based on the old Doctrine of Signatures, it was originally used to treat an inflammation of the mouth and throat. The plant gained prominence when military physicians used it to treat a contagious fever that raged among Imperial armies in Germany in 1547-1566. Fresh leaves are useful for treating bites and small wounds and the leaves and stem are even edible. It has a smaller European cousin that is assigned to variety vulgaris and is known as Lawn Prunella, where it is frequently found.


Nature Note

July and August are not easily separated, their features being much alike. They bring us to a pause in the rapid development of growing plants. The peak of Spring bloom comes the latter part of May, then wanes somewhat, then rises to a climax again in August and September when the flowers of the prairie are at their best in the upland Garden. There is a kind of pause as summer passes its peak and prepares to coast down through August toward September and the splendor of summer is gone. For summer reveals the maturity of all creation. The lazy air is still full of fragrance.
Martha Crone, former Garden Curator (1933-1959)

A Seasonal Poem

Wildflower, she is so aptly named,
A Flower so wild and untamed.

The breeze sassily bounces her pretty head,
Defying you to keep her in your bed.
She’s definitely not a high society queen,
But her delicate beauty can be easily seen.

Welcoming pollinators in her velvet folds,
She knows not what the future holds.
Standing enticingly on the roadside,
She’ll go along just for the ride.

She has an insatiable wandering lust,
She’ll take a chance and go for bust,
Scattering her seeds where they may
Sprout, then stretch to the light of day.

She’s a flower so wild and untamed,
Call her wildflower, she is aptly named.

"Wild and Untamed" by
Mavis Frankson, 1995

Phase Two of the Garden Boardwalk

The Friends need your help! Phase One of the Garden's Boardwalk was dedicated in 2015 and has won three landscape architecture awards. Phase One only covered a portion of the wetland area that needs a firm boardwalk surface.

Your donation can help us continue the boardwalk further into the wetland.

All funds The Friends raise will go toward the construction of Phase Two of the Garden's Wetland Boardwalk. You can walk on the award-winning completed Phase I portion to see wetland plants 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.

Garden Boardwalk

Garden theme note cards now available again

The Friends have re-issued a set of note cards created from an oil painting titled "Sanctuary" (shown below) representing the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. The painting was commissioned from local artist Jennifer Davis by The Friends in 2007 for the 100th Anniversary of the Garden. Pack of 12 cards - $18. Details here.

oil painting

Garden theme sale items sponsored by The Friends
Eloise Butler Book
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
Note Cards

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Last site update: 08/12/17. Next planned update: 08/19/17