Friends of the Wild Flower Garden  
For 62 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Friends Projects and Programs Historical Notes Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
Kids garden tour Cary George and Jimnmy Young Upland Garden

1. 2014 Projects and Programs
2. 2013 Projects
3. Children's Transportation Grant
4. Cary George Wetland Project
5. Friend's Past Garden Projects

1. Seasonal History - Summer of - 1914, 1939, 1964, 1989, 2004
2. The making of Martha Hellander's book on Eloise Butler
3. Then and Now - Upland Hillside
4. Upland Garden space added -1944

1. Who was Eloise Butler?
2. Garden history topic list
3. Garden Plant Community
4. Summer flower sampler
5. Geography of the Garden
6. Avery Birding Terrace
7. Opening Day 2014 Video

2012 Garden Party

Short Notes
2014 Friends Garden Party Aug. 3, 2014- Info - Buy Tickets - Program information

Garden Party Silent Auction - sampler of items. Enjoy a Garden tour with Eloise Butler (actor).


vase for silent auction
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"I was much entertained last summer with a tame bat, which would take flies out of person’s hand. If you gave it any thing to eat, it brought its wings round before the mouth, hovering and hiding its head in the manner of birds of prey when they feed. The adroitness it shewed in shearing off the wings of flies, which were always rejected, was worthy of observation, and pleased me much." Gilbert White, Sept. 9, 1767, from Letters to Thomas Pennant.

A SOMETHING in a summer’s day,
As slow her flambeaux burn away,
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer’s noon,—
An azure depth, a wordless tune,
Transcending ecstasy.

And still within a summer’s night
A something so transporting bright,
I clap my hands to see;

Then veil my too inspecting face,
Lest such a subtle, shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me.

Taken from "Summer's Day" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Great St. Johnswort
"One of our finest native, yellow flowered plants is the Great St. Johnswort, Hypericum ascyron. It may be seen in rich lowland about Minnehaha. It is tall and sturdy, a profuse bloomer and interesting in bud and in fruit. The multiplicity of the stamens gives a light-some grace to the flowers of this family. The flower of this species is large, measuring some three inches across. The petals, when aging, roll up lengthwise, forming a spidery appearance, which adds variety to the inflorescence, together with the striking buds and seedpods. We can but wonder that with all its merits this plant has not been seized upon for cultivation. In the wild garden in Glenwood Park, it is well established in two colonies." Eloise Butler , July 1911. Great St. Johnswort
Hypericum pyramidatum Aiton
While not indigenous to the Garden, Eloise Butler introduced this Minnesota native to the Garden with plantings in 1097,'08 and '09. The SE quadrant of Minnesota is the western extremity of the plants' range. Flowering in July, it is a beautiful addition to a native garden.

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Cary George Wetland Project

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Video of the Cary George Wetland Project

Coming: Friends Summer Garden Party Aug. 3, 2014

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