Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
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Site Plan and Archive

In the Archive pages you will find links to all the content on The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden web site. Unlike the main pages, links here are arranged by topic. These topics include links to articles previously published in The Friend's newsletter - The Fringed Gentian™.

History of the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Original date of published articles is given in brackets

50th Anniversary Celebration. – Photos and text of May 12, 2002 event at the Garden.

50th Anniversary MPRB Proclamation- pdf file – The Minneapolis Park and Rec Board recognizes 50 years of service to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden by the Friends.

A Rookie's Top Five Wildflower Garden Volunteer Experiences. –Volunteer Donna Ahrens reviews her first year experiences as a volunteer in the Martha Crone Shelter.

Annual Meeting Notes 2010 – Highlights of The Friends Annual Meeting held May 22, 2010 (2010)

Avery Birding Terrace Dedication. – Photos and background on the Avery Birding Terrace dedicated in 2005.

Avery, Ken – The Garden's third caretaker, Board member and President of The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden; Creation of the Ken Avery Birding Terrace

Annual Meeting Notes 2009 – Highlights of The Friends Annual Meeting held May 16, 2009 (2009)

Judy Bridell Publishes a New Kids' Book – Friends Member Judy Bridell published "Thip! Thap! Shhiup!", a new illustrated book for children - summer 2009.

Burma Shave – See "Clinton Odell" below

Crone, Martha – The Garden's second Curator, Founding member of the Friends, first Friends Secretary and First editor of The Fringed Gentian™.

Crone, Martha - Annual Reports – Summaries of her reports to the Minneapolis Parks Superintendent.

Early Documents – Sampling of early forms and letters.

Founders – List of founding members of the Friends.

George, Cary – The Garden's fourth caretaker - notes and experiences (2010)

Grimes, Dr. Marion – The Friends first volunteer coordinator 1968 - 1980. (2013)

Hellander, Martha – Background on how the book The Wild Gardener was created with some funding help from The Friends. (2013)

Memorials in the Martha Crone Shelter – Photos and text on the background of Shelter memorials

Mission Statement – Current Mission Statement of The Friends

Newsletter Archive – Past issues of The Fringed Gentian™ in download-able pdf format.

Odell, Clinton – Background on the Founder of the Friends (2002)

Odell, Clinton - Essay – Friends founder Clinton Odell writes of the uniqueness of the Garden and why The Friends were founded

Odell, Clinton - Sketch – Odell's color drawing of the "Old Garden Office" (pub. 2009)

Odell-Beim, Moana – Clinton Odell's daughter recollects her early days in the Garden (2002)

Seasonal Histories 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 Years ago

Past History - Seasonal – Historical Highlights of the Winter season of 2005, 1990, 1965 (Fall 2014)

Past History - Seasonal – Historical Highlights of the Spring season of 2005, 1990, 1965 (Spring 2015)

Past History - Seasonal – Historical Highlights of the Summer season of 2005, 1990, 1965 (Spring 2015)

Past History - Seasonal – Historical Highlights of the Autumn season of 2005, 1990, 1965 (Spring 2015)

PAST HISTORY BY YEAR – A year chart of links to the ongoing work-in-progress of the history of the Eloise Butler Wild Flower Garden and of The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Past Presidents – List of all past presidents of the Friends with dates-in-office.

Schutt, Elizabeth Ann – Background on a former Friends member who created an annual bequest to The Friends.

Upland Garden Development – History of The Friends involvement in creating the upland part of the Garden

Upland Garden 1993 land addition – Friends member Elaine Christenson writes on the 1993 land addition to the Upland Prairie Garden. (Winter 1994)

Volunteer George Bridgman Retires – After many years of volunteer service, George will bring his tenure to a close in August 2009

Volunteer Recognition 2011 - pdf file – Details and photos of the annual event honoring Wildflower Garden volunteers. (390kb file)

Volunteer Recognition 2009 – Joint Friends/MPRB appreciation event for all Garden Volunteers - photo pages.

Volunteer Recognition 2008 – Joint Friends/MPRB appreciation event for all Garden Volunteers - photo pages.


Garden Projects

Garden Projects -2013, 2014, 2015 – Details of Current Project Plans and most those recent completed.

2012 Project details – Acquisition of wildflowers and ferns for east hardwood forest and understory trees for the same area.

2011 Project Details – Acquisition of wildflowers and ferns for east hardwood forest.

2010 Project Details – Acquisition of trees for the lowland hardwood forest.

2009 Project Details – Acquisition of wildflowers and ferns for east hardwood forest.

2008 Project Details – Acquisition of trees and shrubs for the hardwood forest west of the back gate.

Garden Projects History – Illustrated summary of past projects funded by the Friends.

A Birdbath in the Prairie – Origin of the granite birdbath on the central hill - Upland Garden (2010)

Avery Birding Terrace – Creation of the Ken Avery Birding Terrace

Great Medicine Spring – A history of the attempt to improve water flow and quality.

Lowland Forest Trees for the Garden – Trees planted in 2010 - a project funded by The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden.

Martha Crone Visitor Shelter – Brief history of Building the Shelter

Upland Garden Land Addition – Friends member Elaine Christenson writes on her involvement with the 1993 land addition to the Upland Prairie Garden. (Winter 1994)

Violet Way Plant Funding – Herbaceous woodland plants of 26 species funded for Violet Way. (2009)

Woodland Shrub Funding – Woodland shrubs are planted at the North end of the Woodland Garden. (2008)


Volunteer Spotlight– Interviews with Friends members on their volunteer experience - updated information added to older interviews.

Kris Felbeck - Long-time volunteer, nature lover, camper and she has climbed a few mountains. Interview by Donna Ahrens (2015) (687kb pdf)

Melissa Hansen - Volunteer, Friends Board member, former volunteer coordinator, interview by Donna Ahrens (2014) (139kb pdf)

Liz Anderson – Volunteer and co-chair of the Friends Invasive Plant Action Group, Liz is interviewed by Donna Ahrens (2012) (186kb pdf)

Harriet Betzold – Long-time volunteer, Friends member, former Friends President, is spotlighted in an article by Donna Ahrens (2011)

George Bridgman – Notes made in 2009 at the time of his retirement as a volunteer and earlier material.

Joy Davis (pdf file) – Donna Ahrens interviews Joy Davis, Friends member, former board member and former membership chair. (Summer 2011) (305kb file)

Marie Demler – Highlights of Marie's long tenure as a Garden Volunteer. Article by Donna Ahrens. (2010)

Ann Godfrey – Approaching 20 years as a volunteer, Ann was a Board member and Volunteer Coordinator. (2008)

Phoebe Waugh – Phoebe first visited the Garden in the early 60s. She is on the Board of Directors as historian. (2004)

Juanita Lussenhop – A volunteer since 1992, Nita also was on the Friends Board as secretary for 10 years. (2004)

Jim Proctor – Jim joined the Friends Board in 2005 and has been in charge of the Invasive Plant Patrol Volunteer Group since 2006 - which he organized. (2004)

Betty Bryan – Betty started volunteering in 1971 and only retired a few years ago (2002)

Gloria Miller (pdf file) – A member of the Friends Board 3 times, President of the Friends twice, currently a Board member and Shelter volunteer. (2013)

Lyle Johnson – Lyle became a Friends Board member in 1998, was Vice-President, and volunteer until 2009. (2001)

Constance Pepin – Connie was on the Friends Board from 2002 to 2006, is still a shelter volunteer and active in the invasives patrol group. (2001)

Judy Jones – Judy has been a weekend Shelter volunteer for 25 years now. (2000)

Shirley and Jack Schultz – Shirley began volunteering in 1980. She became volunteer coordinator in 1984 until 2005. Shirley and Jack were long time Friends Board members, retiring in 2005. Jack was Treasurer for many years. (2000)


Recollections

50th Anniversary Event – Friends 50th Birthday, celebrated on Mothers Day, 2002 at the Garden.

50th Anniversary Recollections – Garden recollections of Harriet Betzold, Betty Bryan, Robert and Betty Dassett, and Marie Demler.

50th Anniversary Recollections – Garden recollections of J. S. Futcher, Karol Pieper Gresser, John Haldeman, Marguerite Harbison, and Lynne Holman.

50th Anniversary Recollections – Garden recollections of Florence Isaacs, Yleen and Gary Joselyn, Vi LaBelle, Marilyn Rohlfing, Lee and Jerry Shannon.

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