Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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For 65 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Garden Plant of the Week

Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum pedatum L.

The Maidenhair Fern is one of Minnesota's native ferns, considered easy to grow in the home garden and usually available from a number of nurseries that carry ferns. The shape taken by the fronds is that of a horseshoe, caused by the rachis dividing into two sections with the pinnae (the branches of the frond) radiating outward. The plant forms clumps from a creeping rhizome, which, with age, can be divided for more plants. In Summer, when one looks under the tips of the pinnules (the leaflets of a fern) one finds a small pouch formed by the tip of the pinnule folding backward. Inside this pouch are the sori, the reproductive parts of the fern. Maidenhair is indigenous to the Wildflower Garden.


Garden History Note

"How we all have loved this little gem in the heart of our great city. The whole thrust and desire of everyone concerned has been to preserve its original timeless beauty for future generations. Started as a place to study and preserve plant life indigenous to our area, it has become also a quiet sanctuary which has brought serenity and peace to countless thousands. May our future citizens give it the same loving care." Moana Odell Beim, former President of the Friends, from the Fringed Gentian™, Spring 1982.

A Seasonal Poem

Come with rain. O loud Southwester!
Bring the singer, bring the nester;
Give the buried flower a dream;
make the settled snowbank steam;
Find the brown beneath the white;
But whate'er you do tonight,
bath my window, make it flow,
Melt it as the ice will go;
Melt the glass and leave the sticks
Like a hermit's crucifix;
Burst into my narrow stall;
Swing the picture on the wall;
Run the rattling pages o'er;
Scatter poems on the floor;
Turn the poet out of door.

"To the Thawing Wind" by
Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Fund raising begins for phase 2 of the Garden Boardwalk
Details Here

Garden Boardwalk

Winter Scenes

Winter on violet way

Photos: Contempory and historical winter views of the Garden.