Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Upland in Summer

For 64 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

The Garden season is April 1 to Oct. 15.


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Garden Plant of the Week

White Snake Root

White Snakeroot
Ageratina altissima (L.) R.M.King & H. Robinson

Eloise Butler wrote: "The most beautiful of the eupatoriums is the White Snakeroot, also of medicinal repute. It is of value not only on account of its profuse, soft, starry inflorescence of harmonious white, but because it is easily cultivated and can be depended upon to bloom after frosts have set in. In one garden at least in Minneapolis, besides the wild one, where it stars the ground in late summer, it is the most prized ornament. The flowers yield not a whit in beauty to those of the ageratum, which they resemble so much in form that they once bore the name ageratoides - meaning like ageratum." Note - Since Eloise's time the plant has been reclassifed from the Eupatoriums into the Ageratina genus.

 


Natural History Note

"“This morning . . . I take a walk of five or six miles up to a pine grove park, its grassy carpet bedecked with crimson, velvet flowers, set in groups on the stems of pear-shaped cactus plants; patches of painted cups are seen here and there, with yellow blossoms protruding through scarlet bracts; little blue-eyed flowers are peeping through the grass; and the air is filled with fragrance from the white blossoms of a Spiraea. It is a quiet place for retirement from the raging waters of the canyon...” John Wesley Powell, June 3, 1869 on the Green River, from Explorations of the Colorado River of the West


A Seasonal Poem

The rising sun I go to meet,
Swathed ankle-deep in dewy grass;
Rare fragrance stirs beneath my feet,
And round my pathway gather sweet
The secents of morning as I pass.

The tented maples o’er my head
Flash out aloft in leafy sheen,
While broken notes of flitting birds
Break in across my flatering words,
And drift along the shadowy green.

Taken from "Summer Morning" by
Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863 - 1953)




Five Late Summer Flowers at Eloise Butler.

Hedge Bindweed

Article: As the season moves into late Summer the diversity of plants is great as the upland prairie part of the Garden reaching its maximum bloom, while there are still some blooms in the woodland and the marsh. Here is a small selection of five on the more unusual plants.



The Jewelweeds

Spotted Jewelweed

Jewelweeds. Also called 'Touch-me-nots' this article explains how they function and their history in the Garden.