Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front Gate of Eloise Butler

For 63 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Schutt House Garden Party

Mendon Schutt House

The Friends are hosting a party for the benefit of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Tour this historic house and garden on Lake of the Isles on June 25th 2015, 5 to 8:30 PM. Details Here.

10, 25, 50, 75, 100 years ago

Avery Birding Terrace

A brief review of the summer season of 2005, 1990, 1965, 1940 and 1915, details

June Flower Sampler

A photo selection of early to late June Flowers. Photos

Foxglove Beardtongue

Eloise Butler Plant Community

Large-flowered Trillium

The Garden is host to over 600 native plant species with habitat varying from marsh to woodland to prairie and Oak savanna. For seasonal photos, species listings, plant information - read more. .

Moana Odell Beim

Moana Odell

Clinton Odell's daughter recounts her Garden and Friends history in this interview.

Spring Flowers

Eloise Butler writes about her search for the White Cypripedium. Article here.

White Lady's-slipper

Garden Plant of the Week

Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine
Lupinus perennis L.

This perennial Lupine is native to Minnesota and was introduced to the Garden by Eloise Butler in 1914. Years ago the Upland Garden had an entire hillside of these plants. The flower is in the typical Pea family arrangement. Some years they may not bloom if the conditions are not suitable.


Natural History Comment

“Sometimes in June, when I see unearned dividends of dew hung on every lupine, I have doubts about the real poverty of the sands. On solvent farmlands lupines do not even grow, much less collect a daily rainbow of jewels. If they did, the weed-control officer, who seldom sees a dewy dawn, would doubtless insist that they be cut. Do economists know about lupines?" Aldo Leopold, from Sketches Here and There

A Seasonal Poem

When emerald slopes are drowned in song,
When weary grows the unclouded blue,
When warm winds sink in billowy bloom,
And flood you with a faint perfume,
One moment leave the rapturous throng
To seek the haunts of meadow rue!
There dewy stillness cools the aching brow,
There grateful shade shuts out the oppressive day;
Sweet refuge from the sensuous overflow,
The wanton grace of May!

Taken from "Meadow Rue" by
Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863 - 1953)