Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

front gate in Aprl

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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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.

Western Sand Cherry Western Sand Cherry
Prunus pumila L. var. besseyi

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

Willow Pine Cone Gall

Pine cones on willows? - they look like cones but contain a surprise. Article.

Willow Pine cone gall

A Seasonal Poem

WE like March, his shoes are purple,
He is new and high;
Makes he mud for dog and peddler,
Makes he forest dry;
Knows the adder’s tongue his coming,
And begets her spot.
Stands the sun so close and mighty
That our minds are hot.
News is he of all the others;
Bold it were to die
With the blue-birds buccaneering
On his British sky.

We Like March by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


“In every puzzling thing we see in nature, our interpretation, colored by the bias of our human viewpoint, needs to be carefully subjected to careful scrutiny. This exactness of personal observation in a world of hurried, unseeing glances is a thread that runs through the work of the best of the succeeding generations of nature writers. When John Muir started his thousand-mile walk to the Gulf in the wake of the civil war, his botany professor at the University of Wisconsin offered him a copy of Virgil’s poems to take with him. Muir declined. He said he wanted to see nature freshly and exactly and through his own eyes."
Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year.

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