Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Minneapolis Reviews
A Feast for the Mosquitoes Jun 19, 2011
We checked out a pass for the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary from the St. Paul Library as part of the Museum Adventure Pass program and headed here. The pass didn't do us much good, though--this park is always open to the public for free. Usually in exchange for the pass, pass holders will be given a free wildflower guide book, but when we checked in, they said they didn't have any guidebooks left, that we could check back later in the summer for one.
The Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States. There are a few trails that lead through the park (and they ask that you remain on the trails), through wetland, woodland, and prairie habitats. One of the trails was closed when we were there due to standing water and trees down.
We walked through the wetlands and the woodland areas of the park, and there were quite a few mosquitoes out, so you want to make sure you have your bug spray. Going in mid-June, we were able to see some lady slippers in bloom, which we were told would not be later in the season. There were also quite a few chipmunks running around, especially near the visitor's center.
We definitely want to get back here later when there may be more flowers blooming.
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