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Now completing our 69th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*

Newsletter/Friends News

graphicCurrent Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Spring 2021

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A tale from the Garden

Eloise Butler gets stranded in Wisconsin, hitch-hikes on a rail handcar, begs for funds. Article.

Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily flower

Minnesota Dwarf Troutlily

How the plant got into the Wildflower Garden.

Read Article Here.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Sprengle's Sedge

Can you identify this early season plant?

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

A selection of plants in bloom

Here is a look at some of the plants that were in bloom on April 16 in the Garden.
Photo page with text and notes


A Seasonal Poem

Continuous as the stars that shine
and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of the bay;
Ten Thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.


Taken from Daffodils by
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)


“In walking among the plants, I am sometimes tempted to view with a tinging of envy the simplicity of their lives. Without straining, without aspiring to more than they can achieve, they grow and bloom and form their seed. The calmness of the plants seems the embodiment of a timeless confidence”
Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year.

Garden theme items for sale

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Plant Photo ID Guide
Note Cards

Downloadable PDF format books.

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

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