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

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Cary George Wetland Project
Details & Photos

Boardwalk now installed!

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President's Recent Letter (pdf)

Garden Curator's Recent Notes (pdf)

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Fall Invasive Plant Removal Schedule

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

Old Garden Office

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

August Flower Sampler

A photo selection of August Flowers. Photos

Chicory blue flower

Eloise Butler Plant Community

cup plant

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

Moana Odell Beim

Moana Odell

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

The Pea Family

Cary George writes about the pea family plants found in the Garden. Article here.

Partridge Pea

Garden Plant of the Week


Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis L.

Eloise Butler claimed the species is indigenous to the Garden. She wrote in 1911: "For the late-blooming flowers we must turn to the floodplains and meadows still glorious in the white, blue and gold of the moisture-loving asters, gentians, lobelia and sunflowers, tricked out here and there with the deep red of the Cardinal Flower- the purest red found in nature. The brilliant salvia now blooming in the cultivated gardens has a tinge of yellow in its redness, but that cannot be said of the red lobelia known as the Cardinal Flower."


Natural History Comment

“One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature - inexhaustible abundance amid what seem enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable, wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last." John Muir, 1911, from The Tuolumne Camp, My First Summer in the Sierra

A Seasonal Poem

Whence is yonder flower so strangely bright?
Would the sunset’s last reflected shine
Flame so red from that dead flush of light?
Dark with passion is its lifted line,
Hop, alive, amid the falling night.

Still it burns intenser as I gaze,
Till its heart-fire quickens with my own,
And when night shuts in dusky ways
Red and strange shine out the lights of home,
Where my flower its parting sign delays.

taken from "Cardinal Flower" by
Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)