The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary opens for the season on Friday, April 1, 2016. Staff and volunteers are happy to assist garden visitors in their exploration of this treasured and historic native plant garden.

The Wildflower Garden is open from 7:30 a.m. until one hour before sunset, seven days a week through October 16.

After October 16, the Garden is only open on weekends through the rest of the month.

The Martha Crone Visitor Shelter in the Wildflower Garden is open from 10 a.m. until one hour before sunset MondaySaturday and from 12 p.m. until one hour before sunset on Sundays.

Woodland wildflowers currently in bloom include snow trillium and hepatica with bloodroot, wild ginger, trillium, bluebells and trout lilies expected to bloom in April and May.

For more information on the Wildflower Garden and the great variety of nature-focused programs offered here, visit the Wildflower Garden’s homepage at

You can also check out all the 2016 spring programs and events online [PDF].

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 more than 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. A 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 visitors will find natural history displays, natural history reference materials and friendly staff and volunteers waiting to help with Garden-related questions.