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. Opening Day 2014 Video

Eastern Red Bat

Short Notes

Ten years ago an injured Red Bat (rare in the cities) is found in the Garden - pdf article

The Friends most aged member passed away this summer -Bill Toivonen

Bill Toivonen
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"Like star showers the wild asters, beloved by all, nod their heads in the rustling breezes of autumn. The picturesque beauty of natures last lovely gift of the season, range thru shades of sky-blue, purple, rose and white. There are no less than 25 species of wild aster in this locality adorning dry hills as well as fields and meadows and even the deep woods. Altho the warm moon of autumn cools suddenly and a tangible coldness creeps over the earth with frost lying thick at dawn, the hardy asters remain untouched. Their beauty has given them a place in our cultivated gardens, where they are one of the pleasures of the mellow days of autumn.” Former Curator Martha Crone

The evening comes in with the wishes of love,
And the shepherd he looks on the flowers,
And thinks who would praise the soft song of the dove,
And meet joy in these dew-falling hours.

For Nature is love, and finds haunts for true love,
Where nothing can hear or intrude;
It hides from the eagle and joins with the dove,
In beautiful green solitude.

Taken from "Evening" by
John Clare, English (1793- 1864)

White Panicle Aster
"Sure signs of approaching autumn are the asters and goldenrods, the lambent flames of dying summer, that leap up and blaze with unwonted vividness before they are banked with snow. From year to year I become more and more attached to wild asters. They are so varied in color, habit, and form. They bloom from August well into October, defying frosts. The one I look at last, I like best of all, for each species has a charm peculiar to itself.” Eloise Butler. White Panicle Aster
Symphyotrichum lanceolatum
Blooming in profusion now around the metro area, this aster is indigenous to the Garden. Eloise wrote "it is often mistaken for Boltonia in the distance. The inflorescence, however, is not flat-topped like that of Boltonia, and the disc-flowers are of a deeper color. This aster is highly decorative, growing as it does in large masses."

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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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LAST SITE UPDATE 9/20/14. Next planned update - 9/27/14