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. Late-Summer flower sampler
5. Geography of the Garden
6. Avery Birding Terrace
7. Opening Day 2014 Video

Partridge Pea

Short Notes
Five Late-summer special plants.

75 years ago a spring was tapped in the Garden and stonework was put in place around several springs near the Garden. Details


Great Medicine spring stonework
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"The summer of the year 1783 was an amazing and portentous one, and full of horrible phaenomena; All the time the heat was so intense that butcher’s meat could hardly be eaten on the day after it was killed; and the flies swarmed so in the lanes and hedges that they rendered the horses half frantic, and riding irksome. The country people began to look with a superstitious awe at the red, louring aspect of the sun.” Gilbert White, from Letters to Daines Barrington.

The frog half fearful jumps across the path,
And little mouse that leaves its hole at eve
Nimbles with timid dread beneath the swath;
My rustling steps awhile their joys deceive,
Till past, and then the cricket sings more strong,
And grasshoppers in merry moods still wear
The short night weary with their fretting song.
Up from behind the molehill jumps the hare,
Cheat of his chosen bed, and from the bank
The yellowhammer flutters in short fears
From off its nest hid in the grasses rank,
And drops again when no more noise it hears.
Thus nature's human link and endless thrall,
Proud man, still seems the enemy of all.

"Summer Evening" by
John Clare, English (1793- 1864)

Stinging Nettle
"Actually the number of people using the Garden is not nearly as important as the type of use the Garden receives. In the spring and fall teachers from schools from all parts of the state visit the Garden with classes from kindergarten through college. In the hours between school and closing, groups of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc., make use of the Garden for their nature study. The garden clubs that visit the other gardens visit us too, but our educational service is unique among the gardens. We also provide one of the few places where someone who does not have a car can find some of the forest birds, or for that matter find a little peace and quiet" Former Gardener Ken Avery, 1961Stinging Nettle
Urtica dioica L.
Widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere, the plant has found many uses over time: As a - foodstuff in Nettle Porridge, Nettle Pudding, Nettle tea, Nettle beer; medicinally as an astringent, tonic, diuretic, styptic, sting antidote; as a substitute for cotton; as a permanent green dye and as a host for a number of butterflies.

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Cary George Wetland Project

The Friends have received a $12,500 matching grant for the Cary George Wetland Project from PEOPLE FOR PARKS. Your donation can help us fully fund the project!

Video of the Cary George Wetland Project

President's Letter (pdf)

Garden Curator's Notes (pdf)

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LAST SITE UPDATE 8/16/14. Next planned update - 8/23/14