Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Upland Hillside

For 65 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Garden Plant of the Week

Glade Mallow

Glade Mallow
Napaea dioica L.

Glade Mallow is an endangered native erect perennial forb growing on stout stems to 6+ feet high. In the wild in Minnesota, it is only found in only six counties in the SE. The plant is dioecious - that is - the male and female flowers are on separate plants (male flower shown here). Leaves are large, 4 to 12 inches across with 5 to 9 deep palmate lobes. It flowers in early to late Summer, the flowers appearing in branched clusters which can be quite dense when the plant has adequate moisture. It grows in full sun to partial shade. Being so tall, it is more of a background plant for the home native garden.


Seasonal Comment

"The chickadee’s fear of windy places is easily deduced from his behavior. In winter he ventures away from woods only on calm days, and the distance varies inversely as the breeze. I know several wind-swept woodlots that are chick-less all winter, but are freely used at all other seasons. They are wind-swept because cows have browsed out the under growth. To the steam-heated banker who mortgages the farmer who needs more cows who need more pasture, wind is a minor nuisance. To the chickadee, winter wind is the boundary of the habitable world. If the chickadee had an office, the maxim over his desk would say: ‘Keep Calm.’ " Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac.

A Seasonal Poem

In drear-nighted December,
   Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
   Their green felicity:
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them;
Nor frozen thawings glue them
   From budding at the prime.

In drear-nighted December,
   Too happy, happy brook,
Thy bubblings ne’er remember
   Apollo’s summer look;
But with a sweet forgetting,
They stay their crystal fretting,
Never, never petting
   About the frozen time.

Taken from "In drear-nighted December" by
John Keats, English 1795 - 1821

Fund raising begins for phase 2 of the Garden Boardwalk
Details Here

Development of the Fern Glen

Fern Glen Entrance

Story: In 1955 Curator Martha Crone developed a new section of the Upland Garden into a Fern Glen.

Eloise Butler's 1909 Adventure

Walking Fern

Story: In 1909 Eloise goes to Osceola WI in search of the Walking Fern, losing track of her friend, misses her train, begs for money for food and a room.