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

New Wetland Boardwalk

New Garden Boardwalk

Phase one of the wetland restoration project boardwalk in honor of former Gardener Cary George is now installed. Dedication Sept. 20, 2015. Photos and details.

10, 25, 50, 75, 100 years ago

mapping trees at Eloise Butler

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

Early October Snow of 2009

The Oct. 12, 2009 snowfall and freeze closed the Garden for a day. Photos

Shelter roof with snow

Boardwalk Dedication

Cary George

On Sept. 20, at 3 PM in the Garden, we gathered and dedicated the new boardwalk bridge to former Gardener Cary George - Many Friends of Cary attended. Dedication photos. .

Minneapolis Heritage Trees in the Garden

American Plum

The Garden has nine trees that qualify for the "Heritage" listing. Article.

Why Native Plants? - for the Birds

Naturalist Tammy Mercer writes about the need for native plant diversity. Article here.

Female Cardinal

Garden Plant of the Week

Shagbark Hickory

Shagbark Hickory
Carya ovata (Mill.) K. Koch

This native tree is known for its distinctive bark - at first smooth and gray then becoming dark gray and deeply furrowed into long wide plates, that remain attached in the middle but curve away from the trunk at each end - resulting in the shaggy appearance. The nuts are sweet and edible. While not indigenous to the Garden, it was first planted there by Eloise Butler in 1911. Curator Susan Wilkins planted more in 2008.


Environmental Comment

"When the pioneer hewed a path for progress through the American wilderness, there was bred into the American people the idea that civilization and forests were two mutually exclusive propositions. Development and forest destruction went hand in hand; we therefore adopted the fallacy that they were synonymous. A stump was our symbol of progress. We have since learned, with some pains, that extensive forests are not only compatible with civilization, but absolutely essential to its highest development." Aldo Leopold, from The Popular Wilderness Fallacy 1918

A Seasonal Poem

What does a day in mid-October mean?
Free life, strong feeling, new and quick delight,
All things that are most warm, most rich and bright,
All things that are most sudden, stirring, keen!
The glowing hills, the mountain gaps between,
The sharp, fringed outlines of the wooded height,
The blue, blue sky, the clouds of rifted white,

Taken from "October Sonnet" by
Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)