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 Castine Maine coastline Shelter

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 - Autumn of - 1914, 1939, 1964, 1989, 2004
2. The making of Martha Hellander's book on Eloise Butler
3. Then and Now - East Woodland Path
4. Clinton Odell - Friends' Founder

1. Who was Eloise Butler?
2. Garden history topic list
3. Garden Plant Community
4. Autumn flower sampler
5. Geography of the Garden
6. Avery Birding Terrace
7. Eloise Butler's Writings

Martha Crone

Short Notes

1939 - Martha Crone gets the Garden season extended to Oct. 15th.

Dr. Marion Grimes - The Friends first volunteer coordinator 1971 - 1980

Martha Crone Shelter inside
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"For a very intelligent and observant person has assured me that, in the former part of his life, keeping but one horse, he happened also on a time to have but one solitary hen. These two incongruous animals spent much of their time together in a lonely orchard, where they saw no creature but each other. By degrees an apparent regard began to take place between these two sequestered individuals. The fowl would approach the quadruped with notes of complacency, rubbing herself gently against his legs; while the horse would look down with satisfaction, and move with the greatest caution an circumspection, lest he should trample on his diminutive companion. Thus, by mutual good offices, each seemed to console the vacant hours of the other.” Gilbert White, Aug. 15, 1775, from Letters to Daines Barrington

The landscape sleeps in mist from morn till noon;
And, if the sun looks through, 'tis with a face
Beamless and pale and round, as if the moon,
When done the journey of her nightly race,
Had found him sleeping, and supplied his place.
For days the shepherds in the fields may be,
Nor mark a patch of sky - blindfold they trace,
The plains, that seem without a bush or tree,
Whistling aloud by guess, to flocks they cannot see.

Taken from "November" by
John Clare, English (1793- 1864)

American Mannagrass

"Only a few embers of summer remain, yet the golden blaze of color burns brightly for sometime. Each season has its own beauty and this is beyond compare. After the foliage has dropped, vistas are opened that have been obscured during the summer months..” Former Curator Martha Crone, 1960.
American Mannagrass
Glyceria grandis S. Watson
This grass is found throughout most of Minnesota and is indigenous to the Garden. It grows in wet to moist areas, 2 to 5 feet high. The grain is considered sweet, hence the genus name, and palatable.

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The Garden is now closed for the season. Reopens April 1, 2015

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Cary George Wetland Project
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Video of the Cary George Wetland Project

President's Letter (pdf)

Garden Curator's Notes (pdf)

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LAST SITE UPDATE 11/01/14. Next planned update - 11/08/14