Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Front Gate of Eloise Butler

For 63 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Schutt House Garden Party

Mendon Schutt House

Thanks to all who took part in the event and provided donations for our Garden projects by buying tickets, new memberships and by bidding in the silent auction. Event Details Here.

10, 25, 50, 75, 100 years ago

Avery Birding Terrace

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

June Flower Sampler

A photo selection of early to late June Flowers. Photos

Foxglove Beardtongue

Eloise Butler Plant Community

Large-flowered Trillium

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. .

Moana Odell Beim

Moana Odell

Clinton Odell's daughter recounts her Garden and Friends history in this interview.

White Lady's-slipper

Eloise Butler writes about her search for the White Cypripedium. Article here.

White Lady's-slipper

Garden Plant of the Week

Pasture Rose

Carolina Rose
Rosa carolina L.

Introduced by Eloise Butler to the Garden in 1912, this wild rose is not native to Minnesota but grows nicely here and is one of six wild roses in the Garden. Flowers are solitary. In its native area it is frequently found in pastures, hence its alternative name of Pasture Rose. The roots develop shallow rhizomes, allowing the plant to spread by vegetative means. Flowers are up to 2-1/3 inches wide and mature into a bright red hip.


Comment on Carolina Rose

It is the commonest of all our wild roses. [Note- author is writing in Connecticut.] For me, among all the colors spread across the fields at the end of spring, its clear, unmuddied, modest hue is one of the most appealing. These pink flowers, two or three inches across, decorate bushes that are sometimes no more than a foot of two high. The common names of the pasture rose include the low or dwarf wild rose. Its flowers are frequently few or solitary. But those blooms, with their four (sic) clear-pink over lapping petals, their delicate perfume, their setting amid dusty fields or rocky slopes, possess an unassuming beauty that produces a lasting impression. Examine one of the petals beneath a magnifying glass and you discover unsuspected beauty, fine lines or veins of darker pink that radiate upward from the base" Edwin Way Teale, from A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm, 1974

A Seasonal Poem

The rose had been washed, just washed in a shower
Which Mary to Anna conveyed;
The plentiful moisture encumbered the flower,
And weighed down its beautiful head.

The cup was all filled, and the leaves were all wet,
And it seemed, to a fanciful view,
To weep for the buds it had left with regret
On the flourishing bush where it grew.

Taken from "The Rose" by
William Cowper, English (1731 - 1800)