The Martha Crone Shelter was planned, funded and constructed by The Friends and on May 13, 1970, dedicated to the City of Minneapolis. [Details.] The poem below is from the dedication.
The Cedar Apple Rust Galls and how they infect native Red Cedars
“But the violets are pre-eminently the flowers of May, and is it not true that of all flowers they are the most beloved, not excepting the rose? At least nine sorts of violets can be readily distinguished by the novice in the vicinity of Minneapolis. One is rapturously happy when he chances upon a meadow tufted with clumps of these violets. No wonder at such a time one supposedly guiltless of “dropping into poetry” was heard crooning over and over to himself, “I would rather know where violets grow than a good many other things.!...” Eloise Butler, from a writing of May 21, 1911.
A Seasonal Poem
Love on a day, wise poets tell,
Some time in wrangling spent,
Whether the violets should excel,
Or she, in sweetest scent.
But Venus having lost the day,
Poor girls, she fell on you:
And beat ye so, as some dare say,
Her blows did make ye blue.
"How Violets Came Blue" by
Robert Herrick, 1591-1674
|“Thus, by forces seemingly antagonistic and destructive, Nature accomplishes her beneficent designs - now a flood of fire, now a flood of ice, now a flood of water; and again in the fullness of time an outburst of organic life - forest and garden, with all their wealth of fruit and flowers....” John Muir from Summer Days at Mount Shasta, 1918
Stylophorum diphyllum (Michx.)
Eloise Butler introduced this plant in April 1911. It is not native to Minnesota but grows well here and is available from native plant suppliers. With care, flowering can last from spring into summer.