For 63 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
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.
A brief review of the summer season of 2005, 1990, 1965, 1940 and 1915, details
A photo selection of August Flowers. Photos
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. .
Clinton Odell's daughter recounts her Garden and Friends history in this interview.
Cary George writes about the pea family plants found in the Garden. Article here.
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.
“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
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!