Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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Now in our 68th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


Newsletter/Friends News

graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Summer 2019


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Garden Plant of the Week

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

black Locust Black Locust
Robinia pseudoacacia L.

Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.



The Birch Trees - then and now

A look at Those valuable Birches and their past and present history in the Wildflower Garden.

Birch Trees


A Seasonal Poem

When to go out, my nurse doth wrap
Me in my comforter and cap;
The cold wind burns my face, and blows
Its frosty pepper up my nose.

Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding cake.

   

Taken from Winter-time by
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Reflections

"Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps. When, formerly, I have analyzed my partiality for some farm which I had contemplated purchasing, I have frequently found that I was attracted solely by a few square rods of impermeable and unfathomable bog— a natural sink in one corner of it. That was the jewel which dazzled me. I derive more of my subsistence from the swamps which surround my native town than from the cultivated gardens in the village”
Henry Thoreau from Walking, 1862



Garden theme items for sale

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

Downloadable PDF format books.

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