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

Fall in the Upland

Short Notes

Eloise Butler writes to Theodore Wirth about fall color in the Garden.

Long-time volunteer George Bridgman

George Bridgman
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"As a little girl I well remember coming out here on week-ends to help pull weeds and clear new pathways that were just being mapped at that time. And Dad hired his own summer laborers to do the heavy work involved. There was no need then to do more than ask his good friend, The Minneapolis Park Superintendent, Theodore Wirth, what he thought of the idea. Mr. Wirth was delighted and the work went forward. ” Moana Odell Beim, Friends President 1975-76.

T'WAS later when the summer went
Than when the cricket came,
And yet we knew that gentle clock
Meant nought but going home.

T'was sooner when the cricket went
Than when the winter came,
Yet that pathetic pendulum
Keeps esoteric time.

"T'was later when the summer went" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


"I love even to see the domestic animals reassert their native rights,—any evidence that they have not wholly lost their original wild habits and vigor; as when my neighbor’s cow breaks out of her pasture early in the spring and boldly swims the river, a cold, grey tide, twenty-five or thirty rods wide, swollen by the melted snow. It is the buffalo crossing the Mississippi. This exploit confers some dignity on the herd in my eyes—already dignified. The seeds of instinct are preserved under the thick hides of cattle and horses, like seeds in the bowels of the earth, an indefinite period.” Henry Thoreau, from Walking
Epilobium coloratum Biehler
Native to Minnesota and indigenous to the Garden, this species has a nice purplish fall color. Epilobiums are named for the long calyx tube that sits on top of the ovary. This species likes moist areas and full sun. The genus is world-wide.

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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 10/18/14. Next planned update - 10/25/14