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Collection on the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Identifier: M/A 0368

Description of Contents

Promotional materials, historical information, publications, correspondence, and photographs related to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary in Theodore Wirth Regional Park. Materials of note include correspondence and publications by Eloise Butler, records of the Eloise Butler Memorial Association's efforts to erect a plaque in honor of Butler, and materials from the Friends of the Wildflower Garden. Photographs in this collection were likely removed from a scrapbook, as most are labelled with plate numbers and flower names. The photos are undated, but may date to the 1920s or 1930s.


  • Creation: 1910 - 2002


The collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours.


The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden was created by the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners (now the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board) in 1907 as the first public wildflower garden in the United States. In 1929, the garden was named in honor of retired botany teacher Eloise Butler. Butler was among those who petitioned for the garden's creation, and she became its caretaker and champion. First working as a volunteer, Butler was hired as the garden's first curator in 1911. Eloise Butler died in 1933.

The Friends of the Wildflower Garden, founded in 1951, helps fund the upkeep of the garden.


0.46 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Donor Information

This collection was compiled by library staff over several years. Known donors include the Eloise Butler Memorial Association and the Gray Memorial Chapter of the Agassiz Association.

Collection on the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
Jenna Jacobs
April 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.