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Now in our 70th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*

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Summer 2021

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Autumn issue in November

A tale from the Garden

Teachers raid Big Island to get Squirrel Corn. Article.

Basswood Flowers


Our versatile native tree with uses from twine to honey to chocolate.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.


Can you identify this plant?

Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.

Leaf Fall

There are patterns in the way in which trees shed leavs.

Sugar Maple

A Seasonal Poem

Ere, in the northern gale,
The summer tresses of the trees are gone,
The woods of Autumn, all around our vale,
Have put their glory on

Let in through all the trees
Come the strange rays; the forest depths are bright?
Their sunny-coloured foliage, in the breeze,
Twinkles, like beams of light.

The rivulet, late unseen,
Where bickering through the shrubs its waters run,
Shines with the image of its golden screen,
And glimmerings of the sun.


Taken from Autumn Woods by
Wm. Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)


“And when I go into the woods in the afternoon, I notice already a perceptible increase in the widening of my view. New vistas are opening up. Secret places are revealed. In this bush I glimpse the nest where a brood was raised unobserved. On that tree limb I see another nest that has been screened by leaves before. The mystery of where birds we met a hundred times along these trails cared of their young becomes, with even a slight thinning of the clothing of the trees, a mystery no longer. Like the opening pages of a book, the woodland scene is spreading out. From now on, as we go along these paths, we will learn progressively something new about something old as we see revealed what the dense foliage of summer has hidden before."
Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year

Garden theme items for sale

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Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
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Note Cards

Downloadable PDF format books.

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The Wild Botanic Garden
1907-1933. Companion book to The Wild Gardener
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This Satisfying Pursuit
Martha Crone and the Wild Flower Garden
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The Native Plant Reserve
1933-1958. Companion book to the Crone History

John Moriarty's books are available here until December 31.

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John Moriarty
Field Guild to the Natural World of the Twin Cities
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John Moriarty
Minnesota's Natural Heritage
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John Moriarty
Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota

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