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 Cary George and Jimnmy Young Upland Garden

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 - Summer of - 1914, 1939, 1964, 1989, 2004
2. The making of Martha Hellander's book on Eloise Butler
3. Then and Now - Upland Hillside
4. Upland Garden space added -1944

1. Who was Eloise Butler?
2. Garden history topic list
3. Garden Plant Community
4. Late-Summer flower sampler
5. Geography of the Garden
6. Avery Birding Terrace
7. Opening Day 2014 Video

Great Medicine spring stonework

Short Notes
75 years ago a spring was tapped in the Garden and stonework was put in place around several springs near the Garden. Details

KFAI MN Legacy Project 6 minute audio recording about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Listen to Susan Wilkins and others.

Upland Hillside
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"The sun sets on some retired meadow, where no house is visible, with all the glory and spendour that it lavishes on cities, and, perchance, as it has never set before, –where there is but a solitary marsh-hawk to have his wings gilded by it...We walked in so pure and bright a light gilding the withered grass and leaves, so softly and serenely bright, I thought I had never bathed in such a golden flood without a ripple or a murmur to it. The west side of every wood and rising ground gleamed like a boundary of Elysium, and the sun on our backs seemed like a gentle herdsman driving us home at evening.” Henry Thoreau, from Walking.

A LITTLE road not made of man,
Enabled of the eye,
Accessible to thill of bee,
Or cart of butterfly.

If town it have, beyond itself,
’T is that I cannot say;
I only sigh,—no vehicle
Bears me along that way.

"A little road" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Clammy Ground Cherry
"A Large number of birds nest in the garden, and during the season most of the migrants reported from the state have been noted in the Garden. The tangled vine coverts, abundance of food and water, and protection from sportsmen have made the place a favorite of the birds. Song, vesper and swamp sparrows, catbird, bluebird, rose-breasted grosbeak, Baltimore oriole, brown thrasher, bobolink, marsh wren, scarlet tanager, indigo bunting hold matins and vespers in the leafy aisles along the brook, while those of brilliant plumage, together with goldfinch, Maryland yellow-throated hummingbird gleam like jewels in the foliage or as they dart through the air." Eloise Butler, 1914 Clammy Ground Cherry
Physalis heterophylla Nees
The ground cherries produce a small fruit (inside an inflated bladder) resembling a tomato. Like other members of the Nightshade family, they have been used for Medicianal purposes, including new research yielding cancer treating compounds. Domesticated versions are known as Tomatillos.

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Cary George Wetland Project

The Friends have received a $12,500 matching grant for the Cary George Wetland Project from PEOPLE FOR PARKS. Your donation can help us fully fund the project!

Video of the Cary George Wetland Project

President's Letter (pdf)

Garden Curator's Notes (pdf)

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Buckthorn Removal Schedule

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LAST SITE UPDATE 8/23/14. Next planned update - 8/30/14