Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Now in our 66th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

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Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Fall 2017

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The Spring 2018 issue will be published near the end of March.

Photo Identification Book of Garden Plants

graphic Spiral bound booklet, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, 142 pages, thumbnail photos of 437 species of flowering forbs, small shrubs and ferns of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All plants are native or introduced to Minnesota. Additional 578 images and notes to aid in identification. Photos are approximately 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

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. $19.95 plus $3 shipping.

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		  dorothy BinderDorothy Walton Binder

Friends founding director and our second President. Her story. Read more.

The Secret Life of Winter

ChipmunkNaturalist Diana Thottungal explains some of the secret things that go on under the snow cover. Illustrated article

Garden Plant of the Week

Blunt-leaved Sandwort

Blunt-leaved Sandwort
Moehringia lateriflora (L.) Fenzl


Seasonal Thoughts

“March really is the dawn of the new growing year. Often the Hepaticas bloom before the month is gone. The Skunk Cabbage already pierces the ice and snow in boggy spots. The bees are out gathering pollen from the Hepaticas. The Aspen are shedding their brown scales and fuzzy catkins are revealed. They soon lengthen and wave in the breeze scattering their pollen. Woodchucks and Chipmunks appear for brief periods. The Crows are most vociferous and a few song birds are arriving back.”
Former Garden Curator Martha Crone

A Seasonal Poem

How strange to greet, this frosty morn,
In graceful counterfeit of flower,
These children of the meadows, born
Of sunshine and of showers!

How well the conscious wood retains
The pictures of its flower-sown home,
The lights and shades, the purple stains,
And golden hues of bloom!

It was a happy thought to bring
To the dark season's frost and rime
This painted memory of spring,
This dream of summertime.

Taken from "Flowers of Winter" by
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 - 1892)

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.