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 Cary George and Jimnmy Young 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 - Summer of - 1914, 1939, 1964, 1989, 2004
2. The making of Martha Hellander's book on Eloise Butler
3. Then and Now - Upland Hillside
4. Upland Garden space added -1944

1. Who was Eloise Butler?
2. Garden history topic list
3. Garden Plant Community
4. Late-Summer flower sampler
5. Geography of the Garden
6. Avery Birding Terrace
7. Opening Day 2014 Video

Upland Hillside

Short Notes

KFAI MN Legacy Project 6 minute audio recording about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Listen to Susan Wilkins and others.

Asters and Goldenrods at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.

Red-stemmed Aster
Thoughts on Nature and Historical Comments Garden Plant of the Week

"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least,—and it is commonly more than that,—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. You may safely say, A penny for your thoughts, or a thousand pounds. When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them—as if the legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon—I think that they deserve some credit for not having all committed suicide long ago.” Henry Thoreau, 1862, from Walking.


TO make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.

"To make a prairie" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Thin leaved coneflower
“The Garden has existed for many years and is prospering and with combined efforts can be further developed. The time to preserve this bit of remaining wilderness is now or it would be gone forever. If we fail to secure these natural features and suffer them to be destroyed, no power on earth can restore them. Conservation cannot take a holiday. It is too vital an issue. We have every reason to be proud of this little section set aside to show in years to come what our native area looked like. It is only fitting that we should increase our efforts toward bigger and better accomplishments” Former curator Martha Crone 1964 Thin-leaved Coneflower
Rudbeckia triloba L.
The Rudbeckia genus has 3 members found in Eloise Butler. R. triloba is a tall plant with thin 3 to 5 lobed lower leaves and smaller flower heads then the other members. Like all coneflowers, the outer ray florets are sterile and ony the central disc florets produce seed.

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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 8/30/14. Next planned update - 9/13/14