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

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Cary George Wetland Project
Details & Photos

Boardwalk now installed!

Recent Friends' Garden Projects

President's Recent Letter (pdf)

Garden Curator's Recent Notes (pdf)

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Fall Invasive Plant Removal Schedule

New Wetland Boardwalk

New Garden Boardwalk

Phase one of the wetland restoration project boardwalk in honor of former Gardener Cary George is now installed. Dedication Sept. 20, 2015. Photos and details.

10, 25, 50, 75, 100 years ago

Old Garden Office

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

September Flower Sampler

A photo selection of September Flowers. Photos

plain Gentian

Eloise Butler Plant Community

cup plant

The Garden hosts over 600 native plants with habitat varying from marsh to woodland to prairie and Oak savanna. For seasonal photos, species listings - read more. .


Touching these plants will cause, not great bodily harm, instead a startled response. Details.

The Pea Family

Cary George writes about the pea family plants found in the Garden. Article here.

Partridge Pea

Garden Plant of the Week


Prairie Blazing Star
Liatris pycnostachya Michx.

This is one of our tallest native Blazing Stars - plants which speak to 'prairie'. It is found in the states of the Central Plains and the Ohio Valley. Five species of Liatris are native to Minnesota, seven species are found at Eloise Butler. Miss Butler brought in this species from in or near what is now Minnehaha Park. Each flower head - of which there can be 160+ in this species - contains 5 to 8 tubular florets. The styles are split and greatly exerted from the tube giving Blazing Stars a feathery appearance.


Natural History Comment

“When the pioneer hewed a path for progress through the American wilderness, there was bred into the American people the idea that civilization and forests were two mutually exclusive propositions. Development and forest destruction went hand in hand; we therefore adopted the fallacy that they were synonymous. A stump was our symbol of progress. We have since learned, with some pains, that extensive forests are not only compatible with civilization, but absolutely essential to its highest development." Aldo Leopold, 1918, from The Popular Wilderness Fallacy

A Seasonal Poem

But now a joy too deep for sound,
A peace no other season knows,
Hushes the heavens and wraps the ground,
The blessing of supreme repose.

Away! I will not be, to-day,
The only slave of toil and care.
Away from desk and dust! away!
I'll be as idle as the air.

Taken from "A Summer Ramble" by
Wm. Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)