For 63 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
The Friends are hosting a party for the benefit of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Tour this historic house and garden on Lake of the Isles on June 25th 2015, 5 to 8:30 PM. Details Here.
A brief review of the spring season of 2005, 1990, 1965, 1940 and 1915, details
A photo selection of early to late May Flowers. Photos
The Garden is host to over 600 native plant species with habitat varying from marsh to woodland to prairie and Oak savanna. For seasonal photos, species listings, plant information - read more. .
Clinton Odell's daughter recounts her Garden and Friends history in this interview.
Eloise Butler writes about Spring Flowers. Article here.
This perennial Lupine is native to Minnesota and was introduced to the Garden by Eloise Butler in 1914. Years ago the Upland Garden had an entire hillside of these plants. The flower is in the typical Pea family arrangement. Some years they may not bloom if the conditions are not suitable.
“Sometimes in June, when I see unearned dividends of dew hung on every lupine, I have doubts about the real poverty of the sands. On solvent farmlands lupines do not even grow, much less collect a daily rainbow of jewels. If they did, the weed-control officer, who seldom sees a dewy dawn, would doubtless insist that they be cut. Do economists know about lupines?" Aldo Leopold, from Sketches Here and There
When emerald slopes are drowned in song,
When weary grows the unclouded blue,
When warm winds sink in billowy bloom,
And flood you with a faint perfume,
One moment leave the rapturous throng
To seek the haunts of meadow rue!
There dewy stillness cools the aching brow,
There grateful shade shuts out the oppressive day;
Sweet refuge from the sensuous overflow,
The wanton grace of May!