Sometimes we just need to escape a bit, enjoy the flowers, birds and nature. The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, part of Theodore Wirth Regional Park is sort of a hidden gem. There is no admission, which makes it even more enjoyable. This is a park that has an excellent chance of having our state flower, the lady slipper in June/July. There’s a 2/3-mile trail with 49 interpretive stations for guided and self-guided tours. The park has some great programs and activities as well. It’s open mid April through October 15th. Hours are 7:30am to one hour before sunset.
- Drinking Fountain
- Pay Parking Lot
- Public Art
- Restroom Facility
- Visitor Shelter
- Walking Path
Good to Know
The garden is home to more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species, and receives 60,000 visitors each year.
Beach, picnic shelters, and additional hiking trails located just outside the garden’s gate.
Other gardens in Theodore Wirth Regional Park: