Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front Gate of Eloise Butler

For 62 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Shutt House Garden Party

Mendon Schutt House

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.

10, 25, 50, 75, 100 years ago

Cary George

A brief review of the spring season of 2005, 1990, 1965, 1940 and 1915, details . . .

April Garden Weather

How bad or good can April weather be at the Garden? Read about it. .

Birch Pond in Snow

Eloise Butler Plant Community

Marsh scene

The Garden is host to over 600 native plant species with habitat varying from marsh to woodland to prairie and Oak savanna. For photos, species listings, plant information - read more. .

Early Spring Activities

Spring Birding

A photo selection of what activities go on in the Garden in early Spring after April 1st.

The Death of Eloise Butler

Eloise Butler passed away on April 10, 1933. Note below. Details here.

Eloise Butler

Garden Plant of the Week

Large-flowered Trillium

Large-flowered Trillium
Trillium grandiflorum (Michx) Salisb.

The east-central part of Minnesota is the western extremity of this beautiful plants range in North America; it is one of 4 Trillium native to our state. It will bloom late April into May, depending on the season. Eloise Butler introduced the species to the Garden in 1908 and planted many in subsequent years, as did Martha Crone during her tenure as curator, when an entire hillside in the Garden was devoted to the plant. The English like the plant so much they had it imported to England for their gardens. More plant info. .


Historical Garden Comment

“Every plant in her garden, large and small, was her living child, upon whom she bestowed her devotion and care – and her love went to the birds and all other members of the Animal Kingdom who were in habitants of and attracted to the peaceful, beautifully-wooded glen in which she studiously and untiringly labored for her beloved beings of Dame Nature. I say “beloved” advisedly, for she did not shrink from manual labor in order to protect her treasures from the inexperienced or unthinking hands or feet of visitors or willing helpers. Hers was a life of happiness in a kingdom all of her own, and her spirit has not departed from those grounds which have been so fittingly named for her, and which should for all time in the future be devoted to the purpose for which they were dedicated at her wish and that of her co-workers in nature study." Theodore Wirth, April 19, 1933, from Letter to the Board of Park Commissioners on the death of Eloise Butler.

A Seasonal Poem

Winter winds thro’ mountain passes
Break athwart the frosty night;
Spring among the seething grasses
Stirs a newer pulse of light;
Sweet and strange the April weather, -
Generous she of heart and hand,
Sun and storm she brings together,
Strong to conquer and command.

Now about the rugged places
And along the ruined way,
Light and free in sudden graces
Comes the careless tread of May, -
Born of tempest, wrought in power,
Stirred by sudden hope and fear,
You may find a mystic flower
In the spring-time of the year!

Taken from "Trillium" by
Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)