The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden.
The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical drawings and paintings that represent the it's myriad plants. The works were created by a group of artists including Faith Clover and more than 45 others trained by Marilyn Garber, who have committed to depicting 135 plants. A selection of these artworks will be displayed in ASI’s Benson Gallery,
Each artist focuses on the growing season of a particular plant to capture its integrity; a drawing can take one to two years to complete. The Eloise Butler Florilegia captures the plants so that they may be viewed in 500 years as they appear today.
The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is owned and operated by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Visit the website for more information.
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