Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

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Now in our 67th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Summer 2018

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The Fall 2018 issue will be published in November.

Photo Identification Book of Garden Plants

graphic Spiral bound booklet, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, 142 pages, thumbnail photos of 437 species of flowering forbs, small shrubs and ferns of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All plants are native or introduced to Minnesota. Additional 578 images and notes to aid in identification. Photos are approximately 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

In addition, 114 grasses, sedges, large shrubs and trees of the Garden are line listed without photos. Full index. Information about the Garden, the curators and about The Friends. $19.95 plus $3 shipping.

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Martha Crone and the Wild Flower Garden

Martha CroneA new book-length sketch of the Garden's second curator and founding member of The Friends. Downloadable low resolution PDF file (10 mb) good for screen viewing, 176 pages - if printed double sided, it is in book format - 8-1/2 x 11 size pages. This file will view correctly in Adobe Reader. A larger higher resolution file (35 mb) is available for better print quality
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Carl W. Rawson

Carl Rawson This Minnesota impressionist artist and outdoors person was a charter member of The Friends and long-time board member. More Details.

Garden Plant of the Week

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

Balm of Gilead

Balm of Gilead
Populus balsamifera L. subsp. balsamifera

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“Where on the globe can there be found an area of equal extent with that occupied by the bulk of our States, so fertile and so rich and varied in its productions, and at the same time so habitable by the European, as this is? Michaux, who knew but part of them, says that “the species of large trees are much more numerous in North America than in Europe; in the United States there are more than one hundred and forty species that exceed thirty feet in height; in France there are but thirty that attain this size.” Later botanists more than confirm his observations." Henry Thoreau, 1862, from Walking.

A Seasonal Poem

The stately hemlocks keep their mantled green, And front the blast with all their ancient pride; And even the pencilled alders still abide,– Their catkins tightly closed droop blackly o’er the stream.

O wild-wood flowers, we knew and loved you well, Yet cannot mourn for that which is not lost; No piercing blast, no hard relentless frost, Can reach the inner world where you were wont to dwell!

The reigning year no absolute power can bring, Beyond its rule our true allegiance lies; We brave the nigh with glad, prophetic eyes, And lo! returns afar our hope’s immortal Spring!

Taken from "Dull November Day" by
Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863 - 1953)

Our Valuable Birches

Visual and practical benefits- from paper to beer - are reviewed in this article. In the background of this photo is Eloise Butler's famed 8-boled White Birch.

1926 birch trees