Most of these flowers I took at the Eloise Butler Wildflower
Garden & Bird Sanctuary which just celebrated its 100 anniversary.
Its the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States.
Eloise Butler was a teacher who petitioned the city of Minneapolis
for land for a park. I'm not sure its true but I've been told
that the city got tired of her bothering them so they set aside
some unwanted swamp land for the garden and she made good use
of it. It comprises 15 acres nested amongst some glacier
moraines. To park there you'll need quarters or a Minneapolis
Parks parking pass. Expect to spend at least an hour there. If
you go twice a week you'll always see something new. Don't go
there that often and you'll likely miss something. Starting about
the beginning of May flowers start to bloom in the lower part
of the garden where the swamp is. By the end of May the prairie
area starts to bloom. The remaining pictures were taken at nearby
regional or state parks.
I've identified these flowers to the best of my ability however,
I could easily be wrong. If you find one that is wrong feel free
to let me know and I'll correct it. There are a couple I'm not
BLUE / PURPLE
DNR WILDFLOWER PAGE
BUTLER WILDFLOWER GARDEN & BIRD SANCTUARY -
This is where I took many of these pictures. They just celebrated