Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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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
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Boardwalk now installed!

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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

August Flower Sampler

A photo selection of August Flowers. Photos

Chicory blue flower

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. .

Moana Odell Beim

Moana Odell

Clinton Odell's daughter recounts her Garden and Friends history in this interview.

The Pea Family

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

Partridge Pea

Garden Plant of the Week

White Campion

White Campion
Silene latifolia Poir.

Originally introduced to the Garden by Eloise Butler in 1916, this species is not longer extant there but does beautify roadsides and pathways around our state. It is an introduction from Europe and is naturalized across the U.S. except for six states in the south. Of the 12 Silenes found in Minnesota, this is one of the most common. Male and female flowers are on separate plants.


Natural History Comment

“The succession of native plants in the pastures and roadsides, which makes the silent clock by which time tells the summer hours, will make even the divisions of the day sensible to a keen observer. The tribes of birds and insects, like the plants punctual to their time, follow each other, and the year has room for all. " Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1836, from Nature

A Seasonal Poem

Young with morning’s first awaking,
Languid thro’ the burning noon,
With a warmth and fullness breaking
Thro’ the round of life and tune;
Half concealed her sumptuous beauty,
Grave yet gracious is her mien,
In the close, oppressive stillness
Folding all the meadow’s green.

Clustered lilies in the shadows,
Lapt in golden ease they stand,
Rarest flower in all the meadows,
Richest flower in all the land;
Royal lilies in the sunlight,
Brave with Summer’s fair array,
Drowsy thro’ the evening silence,
Crown of all the August day!

taken from "Meadow Lilies" by
Dora Read Goodale (1866 - 1915)