Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front gate in winter

Now in our 67th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Fall 2018

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MORE PHOTOS from the Oct. 26 Volunteer Appreciation Event.

Newsletter archive - all back issues.

The next issue will be published in Spring 2019.

Garden Plant of the Week

Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.

Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca L.

Click link on name for information and photos of this plant.

Birding in Martha Crone's Time

Read Martha's notes about various birds in the Garden; about those who came for birding, like Thomas S. Roberts; about unusual bird events such as the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, the Western Tanager and the Cooper's Hawk. Article.

Blue gray gnatcatcher alder flycatcher

A Seasonal Poem

He comes, - he comes, - the Frost Spirit comes!
And the quiet lake shall feel
The torpid touch of his glazing breath,
And ring to the skater's heel;
And the streams which danced on the broken rocks,
Or sang to the leaning grass,
Shall bow again to their winter chain,
And in mournful silence pass.

He comes, - he comes, - the Frost Spirit comes!
Let us meet him as we may,
And turn with the light of the parlor-fire
His evil power away;
And gather closer the circle 'round,
When the firelight dances high,
And laugh at the shriek of the baffled Fiend
As his sounding wing goes by!

Taken from The Frost Spirit by
John Greenleaf Whittier (American 1807-1892)


“Nature study is an all-the-year round pursuit. Several birds, among them the snow bunting and the evening grosbeak, sporting a yellow vest, are with us only in the winter. Lichens, also, are then potent to charm, when the attention is not diverted by the more spectacular features of other seasons. Some tree trunks are gardens in miniature, when encrusted by these symbionts of fungus and imprisoned alga, forming yellow patches, or ashy gray, or grayish green rosettes, pitted here and there with dark brown fruit-disks.” Eloise Butler, 1914 from, Annals of the Wildlife Reserve.

Garden theme items for sale

Eloise Butler Book
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
Note Cards

Downloadable PDF format books.

The Wild Botanic Garden
1907-1933. Companion book to The Wild Gardener
This Satisfying Pursuit
Martha Crone and the Wild Flower Garden
The Native Plant Reserve
1933-1958. Companion book to the Crone History