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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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Fall Invasive Plant Removal Schedule

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

mapping trees at Eloise Butler

A brief review of the Autumn season of 2005, 1990, 1965, 1940 and 1915, details

September Flower Sampler

A photo selection of September Flowers. Photos

plain Gentian

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. .


Touching these plants will cause, not great bodily harm, instead a startled response. Details.

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 arrowleaf aster

White Arrowleaf Aster
Symphyotrichum urophyllum (Lindl.) G.L. Nesom

This is one of our common white asters in Hennepin County. It is native to the eastern and southeaster part of Minnesota. The flowere are small but numerous on a upward branching panicle. Only the center stem leaves have the arrow shape, so look carefully. The species was included in the 19 asters in her Garden that Eloise Butler wrote about in 1915, noting that it "is of refined beauty."


Natural History Comment

“But this propensity [sic - for social bonding] seems not to be confined to animals of the same species; for we knew a doe, still alive, that was brought up from a little fawn with a dairy of cows; with them it goes a-field, and with them it returns to the yard. The dogs of the house take no notice of this deer, being used to her; but, if strange dogs come by, a chase ensues; while the master smiles to see his favourite securely leading her pursuers over hedge, or gate, or stile, till she returns to the cows, who, with fierce lowings, and menacing horns, drive the assailants quite out of the pasture. " Gilbert White, Aug. 15, 1775, from A Natural History of Selborne

A Seasonal Poem

AN AWFUL tempest mashed the air,
The clouds were gaunt and few;
A black, as of a spectre’s cloak,
Hid heaven and earth from view.

The creatures chuckled on the roofs
And whistled in the air,
And shook their fists and gnashed their teeth,
And swung their frenzied hair.

Taken from "An Awful Tempest" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)