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Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden is now open for the 2014 season.

Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood Ave.
Phone: 612-370-4903
Hours: mid-April-October 15, 7:30 a.m. to one hour before sunset

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Garden map
2014 Summer Programs Guide
Programs for Youth
Programs for Adults and Families
Volunteering at the Garden
Special Projects
2010-2015 Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Management Plan

Garden Phenology Highlights July 20th

Boardwalk Project Update | Wildflower Garden 2014 Summer Programs | Summer Bird Checklist

Welcome to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

The 15-acre garden is the oldest public wildflower garden in the nation. Its legacy dates back to 1907 when Minneapolis botanist Eloise Butler and botany teachers successfully petitioned the MPRB to create a natural botanic garden to preserve native flora as the city grew. Three acres of bog, meadow and hillside were properly fenced and the Wild Botanic Garden opened April 27, 1907.

The Garden is home to over 500 plant species and 130 bird species. It provides 60,000 visitors annually with spectacular seasonal displays of native wildflowers in woodland, wetland and prairie areas. Each area creates a different habitat that fosters different types of plants, animals and birds.

Trails and Martha Crone Visitor Shelter

The 2/3-mile trail features 49 interpretive stations for guided and self-guided tours. Nestled in the garden is the Martha Crone Visitor Shelter where you will find natural history displays, natural history reference materials and friendly staff and volunteers waiting to help with Garden-related questions.

Visitor Shelter Hours: April 1-October 15, 10:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset Mon-Sat, and noon to one hour before sunset on Sun.

Peak Display Times

  • April and May (Woodland) - Bloodroot, wild ginger, trillium, bluebells, trout lilies
  • June and July (Wetland) - Showy lady’s-slippers, native irises, cardinal flowers
  • Mid-to-Late Summer (Prairie) - Asters, sunflowers, blazing stars, goldenrods
  • Fall (throughout) – prairie grasses and autumn leaves

Volunteer

Wildflower Garden Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to volunteer at the Garden, please stop by the Martha Crone Shelter or send an email to ebwg@minneapolisparks.org.

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Parking

Limited metered and Annual Patron Parking Permit spots are available.

Additional parking is available at the Wirth Beach parking lot on Glenwood Ave.

The garden is also accessible from the Grand Rounds bike route.

Bus

MTC Bus Routes 9C, 9D and 9E stop at Glenwood Ave. and Theodore Wirth Parkway. It is just a short two block walk from the bus stop to the garden gate (follow the signs).

Programs for Youth

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Programs for Adults and Families

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Special Projects

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Historical Profile: More information about this and other parks is included in Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More, a richly detailed account of the histories of Minneapolis’ renowned recreational system.

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