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 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 - 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. Opening Day 2014 Video

Red-stemmed Aster

Short Notes

Asters and Goldenrods at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.

Ten years ago an injured Red Bat (rare in the cities) is found in the Garden - pdf article

Eastern Red Bat
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"Many birds which become silent about midsummer re-assume their notes again in September; as the thrush, blackbird, woodlark, willow-wren, &c.; hence August is by much the most mute month, the spring, summer, and autumn through. Are birds induced to sing again because the temperament of autumn resembles that of spring?” Gilbert White, Sept 2, 1774, Letters to Thomas Pennant


THE MORNS are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I ’ll put a trinket on.

"The morns are meeker than they were" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Riverbank Grape
"September is more than a month, really, it is a season, an achievement in itself. It begins with August’s leftovers and it ends with October’s preparations, but along the way it achieves special certainties and satisfactions. After summer’s hear and haste, it even brings a sense of quiet and leisure as the year consolidated itself and its achievements. But the green urgency is past, its ripeness almost complete. Even the days and nights near their time of balance as we approach equinox and harvest moon. Deliberate September, in its own time and tempo, begins to sum up another summer.” Hal Borland, 1987 Riverbank Grape
Vitis riparia Michx.
Despite the name, this common wild grape of Minnesota is also found in an near any moist area in most counties of the state. I find the fall berries with whitish bloom tasty. Jelly can be made from them but Pectin must be added. Each berry has 1 to 4 large hard seeds so many berries will be needed.

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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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Fall Buckthorn Removal Schedule

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LAST SITE UPDATE 9/13/14. Next planned update - 9/20/14