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The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is part of the greater Theodore Wirth Regional Park and a fun little wander down mulched trails through deep woods, bog and meadow. Named after a local botanist, this natural garden opened in 1907 as a means of preserving the native flora from the expanding concrete jungle of a growing city and is now home to 500 plant and 140 bird species. Open from April 1- October 15 and admission is free (but bring change 'cause the closest parking lot is metered).

There are restrooms, a drinking fountain and a staffed visitor's shelter on site. The up-and-down trail is only 2/3 of a mile and a fun diversion for seniors, families with active little people and nature-lovers of all ages - but Rover has to stay home. A fun and pretty place to bring a bag lunch - lots of benches scattered throughout. Not recommended for wheelchairs or strollers. See website for events, free staff-conducted walks, etc.

Address: Eloise Butler Dr. Minneapolis
Directions: Exit Hwy. l00 at Glenwood Ave. Drive east on Glenwood to Wirth Parkway. Turn right on Wirth Parkway and then left into Eloise Butler Dr.
Phone: 612 370-4903
Website: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=340

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  • Written Oct 28, 2008
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