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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
School Group Dr. Thomas Roberts Bog is spring

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 - Spring of - 1914, 1939, 1964, 1989, 2004
2. The making of Martha Hellander's book on Eloise Butler
3. Then and Now - Mallard Pool
4. April weather and opening dates

1. Who was Eloise Butler?
2. Garden history topic list
3. Garden Plant Community
4. Early Spring Garden Scenes
5. Geography of the Garden
6. Avery Birding Terrace


Short Notes
Eloise Butler describes her hunt for Leatherwood Story

Video of Opening Day at the Garden - 2014

Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"None of our fellow mortals is safe who eats what we eat, who in any way interferes with our pleasures, or who may be used for work or food, clothing or ornament, or mere cruel, sportish amusement. Fortunately many are too small to be seen, and therefore enjoy life beyond our reach. And in looking through God’s great stone books made up of records reaching back millions and millions of years, it is a great comfort to learn that vast multitudes of creatures, great and small and infinite in number, lived and had a good time in God’s love before man was created." John Muir, from The Story of my Boyhood and Youth.

The Spring is come, and Spring flowers coming too,
The crocus, patty kay, the rich hearts' ease;
The polyanthus peeps with blebs of dew,
And daisy flowers; the buds swell on the trees;
While oer the odd flowers swim grandfather bees
In the old homestead rests the cottage cow;
The dogs sit on their haunches near the pail,
The least one to the stranger growls 'bow wow,'
Then hurries to the door and cocks his tail,
To knaw the unfinished bone; the placid cow
Looks oer the gate; the thresher's lumping flail
Is all the noise the spring encounters now.

Taken from "Early Spring" by
John Clare, English (1793- 1864)

White Trout Lily
With the advance of May, Mother Nature’s spinning wheels whir faster and faster, and the earth-carpet - the most lovely product of her looms - is woven with intricate designs of flowers in bewildering profusion. But from them all we single out the dogtooth violet or adder’s tongue (now called Trout Lily) for special admiration. The latter name, due to the tongue-shaped, brown-blotched leaf, is more appropriate, for the plant is a species of lily and of no kin to a violet. It has two shining leaves which spring from a deeply buried bulb. Between the leaves arises a beautiful cream colored bell slightly tinted with mauve at the base." Eloise Butler, May 1911 White Trout Lily
Erythronium albidum Nuttall.
The trout lilies are not indigenous to the Garden but are native to Hennepin County. They form dense groupings via underground stolons but only a small percentage will flower in any given year. Earliest bloom date in the Garden is about April 9; latest is May 2.

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