Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Upland Hillside

Now in our 65th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Photo Identification Book of Garden Plants

graphic Spiral bound booklet, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, 75 pages, thumbnail photos of 403 species of flowering forbs, small shrubs and ferns of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All plants are native or introduced to Minnesota. Additional 236 images and notes to aid in identification. Photos are 1.25 inches square.

In addition, 114 grasses, sedges, large shrubs and trees of the Garden are line listed without photos. Full index. Information about the Garden, the curators and about The Friends. $20 plus shipping.

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Garden Plant of the Week


Cichorium intybus L.

Chicory is a plant introduced from Eurasia for medicinal purposes and as a coffee substitute. It has naturalized across the entire U.S. and lower Canadian Provinces. It is a hardy plant with deep roots and a bright flower, which can be blue or white, and while the plant is in the Aster Family, the flowers lack the disc florets of most other aster family species. Both color types are fund in Eloise Butler; the plant was originally introduced by Eloise Butler in 1915. Chicory tea is good for the stomach, but the extraction into solution of the root produces a coffee tasting extraction that, unlike coffee, lacks caffeine and volatile oils but does not have the rich flavor of the coffee bean. The root yields well, 65% extraction vs only 30% for the coffee bean. It is still grown commerically for the extracted sustance, whereas the coffee trade has long moved on the coffee bean.


Nature Observation

fall hillside“Butterflies and the grand host of smaller flies are benumbed every night, but they hover and dance in the sunbeams over the meadows before noon with no apparent lack of playful, joyful life. Soon they must all fall like petals in an orchard, dry and wrinkled, not a wing of all the mighty host left to tingle the air. Nevertheless new myriads will arise in the spring, rejoicing, exulting, as if laughing cold death to scorn.”
John Muir, 1911, from, The Tuolumne Camp

A Seasonal Poem

Ye have been fresh and green,
Ye have been fill'd with flowers,
And ye the walks have been
Where maids have spent their hours.
You have beheld how they
With wicker arks did come
To kiss and bear away
The richer cowslips home.
Y'ave heard them sweetly sing,
And seen them in a round:
Each virgin like a spring,
With honeysuckles crown'd.
But now we see none here
Whose silvery feet did tread,
And with dishevell'd hair
Adorn'd this smoother mead.
Like unthrifts, having spent
Your stock and needy grown,
Y'are left here to lament
Your poor estates, alone.

"To Meadows" by
Robert Herrick, English (1591-1674)

Phase Two of the Garden Boardwalk

Garden BoardwalkThe Friends need your help! Phase One of the Garden's Boardwalk was dedicated in 2015 and has won three landscape architecture awards. Phase One only covered a portion of the wetland area that needs a firm boardwalk surface.

Your donation can help us continue the boardwalk further into the wetland.

All funds The Friends raise will go toward the construction of Phase Two of the Garden's Wetland Boardwalk. You can walk on the award-winning completed Phase I portion to see wetland plants and visualize where Phase II will complete this beautiful and functional walkway over the entire Wetland.

Please consider making a donation to this critical Garden project. Right now we have a matching grant so your donation will do double duty!

Details on the boardwalk, and how to donate at this link.