As published in The Fringed Gentian™
In the Archive pages you will find links to all the content on the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden web site. Unlike the main pages, links here are arranged by topic. These topics include links to articles previously published in the Friend's newsletter - The Fringed Gentian™.
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2022 - Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring: Planning for the 2022 season, the Shelter will be open. Summer: Notes on new plantings, what's blooming and how the Garden plant collection is managed.
2021 - Season reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring: Covid rules for the Garden. Summer: How the Garden is faring this year; Some Garden weekly programs resuming. Fall: Information on programs presented by the staff this season plus the Wirth Beach Station.
2020 - Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring: Notes on what was going on prior to April 1 with the earlier Spring weather and effects of Covid-19 virus. Summer: Notes on how the Garden staff has coped with re-opening to visitors after being closed for 3 months. Fall: Summary of how the Garden fared in 2020 and how Covid-19 was handled with changes to visitor procedures.
2019 - Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring: Susan announces the completion of the boardwalk and reviews all the contributors. Fall - Summation of the Garden season - number of visitors, projects completed, thank you's to volunteers and the Friends.
2018 - Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring: Winter work in the Garden preparing for the boardwalk construction and ash tree removal. Fall - Susan reviews all the programs that the Garden offered the past season.
2017 - pdf file - Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring - Susan lists the new staff for this year's season. Summer Susan reviews the Garden's program, now in its 8th year, for Minneapolis Public Schools grade-schoolers to visit the Garden for a Naturalist program. Fall: Susan writes of how the Garden changes continually, whether we want it to or not.
2016 - pdf file - Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring - Susan speaks of the new programming for Spring, the addition of a seasonal gardener position and the new naturalist staff. Summer/Fall Susan is off for the Summer with her new baby.
2015 - pdf file - Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring - Susan speaks to the joys of spring, the results of the 2012/14 bee survey, and how to stay connected to the Garden. Summer: Susan writes of the quality and uniqueness of the Garden. Fall: Year-end summation.
2014 - pdf file – Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring - Susan reviews Garden plans for 2014 which include the Boardwalk, a plant census, a birding festival, more plantings and educational programs for children. Summer - Susan reviews the wonderful spring season and the work of the Invasive Plant Action Group. Fall - Susan reviews the accomplishments of the past season.
2013 - pdf file – Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Spring - Susan writes of our need to cherish the nature we have and looks forward with a list of this years Garden activities. Summer - Susan reviews the very late spring start at the Garden, the summer Bee Survey, new plantings and how Eloise Butler may have adapted to climate change. Fall - Susan reviews the efforts of the Garden Naturalists this past season and plans ongoing for the Boardwalk in the Marsh.
2012 - pdf file – Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Winter - she describes the fall and early winter work in the Garden and updates on the wetland project. Spring - Susan lists the events taking place in the Garden this spring including the introduction of Honey Bees. Fall - Susan reviews the plantings done during the year and the progress on invasive plant removal.
2011 - pdf file – Seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Winter - a review the Garden status for the past 2010 season. Spring - Susan reviews the volunteer effort that made the 2010 season a success. Summer - Susan reviews the spring season and new wildflower plantings. Fall - Susan describes the large number of summer educational programs that were attended by many school children.
2010 - pdf file – 4 seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Fall - on Garden art programs of this season, the 2010 Garden Resident Artist and art programs affiliated with other organizations that benefit the Garden; summer - on the amount of volunteer time spent in the Garden so far this year; spring - on new Spring Programs at the Garden; winter - about handling invasive species in the Garden.
2009 - pdf file – 4 seasonal reports from Susan Wilkins. Fall - on the need for natural places for the education of people about nature; summer - on the replanting along Violet Way in the Woodland Garden; spring - on her thoughts when Spring approaches the Garden; winter - on activities that happen in the Garden after the gate closes in October.
Summer/fall 2008 – A review of the progress on removing invasive plants from the Woodland Garden and the replanting of new shrubs and trees.
Autumn 2007 – A review of the various Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden 100th Anniversary events.
Summer 2005 – Cherishing Orchids, an Eloise Butler Legacy