Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

upland garden

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


Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2018

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Newsletter archive - all back issues.

The Srummer 2018 issue will be published in July.

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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Birs's foot trefoilSix invasive plants to avoid in your garden.

When Summer is here the villains of our gardens will be in full growth. The flowers are so nice looking you are tempted to keep the plants. But if you do - dig them out before they go to seed - better safe than sorry. The Full Story.

Garden Boardwalk

boardwalk bridgeThe Friends and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board have raised funds to complete the boardwalk through the marsh. Installation may take place this year in late Summer. Boardwalk Details.

Garden Plant of the Week

mouseear chickweed

Mouse-ear Chickweed
Cerastium fontanum Baumg. ssp. vulgare


The Garden's Purpose

“The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc, was founded for those who are interested in promoting and perpetuating this one remaining area so close to a busy metropolis. This bit of wilderness provides a place to get away from the pressure of city living. The right to enjoy plants and animals in their native habitat. We should exert every effort to preserve these natural conditions as a rest center for those who need them. Here can be seen in season practically all native flowers of Minnesota. Here it is a pleasure to follow the trails through the Reserve, some of them ancient Indian trails.We are most grateful to those who have given of their time and skill to insure a successful garden. What a beautiful heritage to leave to the coming generation.” Former Garden Curator Martha Crone, 1971.

A Seasonal Poem

I WILL be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

"Afternoon on a hill" by
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

Ferns in Eloise Butler

Ferns have always had a prominent place in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Here are several pages to look at:

Thumbnails of ferns in the Garden - now and historically.

Eloise Butler writes about ferns in the early years.

Christmas Fern