Friday, May 9, 2014

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

entrance gate
Monday, May 5th, 2014, Danny and I headed to a lesser known park located at Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood Ave.  This oldest public wildflower garden in the nation had her beginnings in 1907.

This park is wealth!  Aside from the many native wildflowers along paths in an enclosed 15 acre garden, there are a number of educational opportunities available here.
Cut-Leaved Toothwort
There are staff on hand to answer questions at the Martha Crone Visitor Center.  While on our trip we saw several varieties of wildflower and birds.   While on our walk, a wild turkey crossed our path.  The volunteers tried to herd it away.  Turkeys sometime scratch the ground and dig up wildflowers.

False Rue Anemone

We met other walkers as well.  Some were on a guided tour and learning classes.  This gentleman is Gilbert Ward, another fellow photographer.  He was a treasure of photography tips for us.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden is indeed a must-see hidden gem within the metro area.

White Trout Lily

"Life will be richer by the discovery of beauty that we have hitherto passed unheeding." ~ Eloise Butler

Happy Hunting!

Danny and Robin

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