The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States and is a part of the Minneapolis Parks System. This nature reserve requires constant care and maintenance to preserve the collection and serve the public.
The Friends of the Wildflower Garden is a volunteer run non-profit support organization for the Wildflower Garden and is funded via donations, gifts and memorials. All contributed funds received go toward fulfilling our mission. Our work has two components: Education and material projects.
We provide supplemental funding for the plant collection and infrastructure upgrades and we provide transportation funding to bring school age children to the Garden for an educational experience with a Garden Naturalist.
Goals: Our current goals are:
1) To replenish our annual budget for transportation funding for the 2024 visiting season. We provided $3,300 in funding in 2023, bringing in 420 children and have budgeted $3,500 for 2024.
2) To provide up to $100,000 in funding for sections of new perimeter fencing of the Wildflower Garden to replace WWII era fencing.