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Welcome to thisgardencooks.com, a site for new and experienced gardeners, those who enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits, and those who simply like to observe and reflect on nature!  

"My garden is a coloring book, a laboratory, and a mini-produce section with seasonal organic food."  

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Brought to you by Nina Koziol, long-time garden writer for the Chicago Tribune, Chicagoland Gardening and other magazines, adjunct faculty at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Morton Arboretum, and a frequent speaker for other organizations and garden clubs in the Midwest. The flower and shrub borders, containers and edible gardens on these pages take inspiration from her grandparents' garden in Essex, England that was a combination of flowers, herbs, vegetables, rock garden, pond, potting shed, greenhouse and blue hydrangeas the size of basketballs. The ultimate Victory Garden. 

 Read some of my articles.

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Bluebirds nesting in March. Photo courtesy of Ellen Hodges.

Monarch on Zinnia
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Monarchs are present at Wildwood from summer through fall

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In the garden where purple lives.

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Checking seedlings in the greenhouse

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The eggplant-colored arbor flanked by Cotinus (smokebush) in its glory.

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(c) Ellen Hodges

 
Saturday, October 21.  10 to Noon. Growing Herbs Indoors and Out and 1-3 pm. Planning Your Vegetable GardenChicago Botanic Garden.  


Hummingbirds at our feeders--April to October
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(c) Ellen Hodges @ Wildwood Garden

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Sleeping fox on our back patio.
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In the garden where purple lives.
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Fritillary. Lays its eggs on the violets in the surrounding woodland.

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Hummingbird in our garden by Ellen Hodges.

Giant Swallowtail "Orange Dog" Butterfly
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Lays eggs on citrus plants as well as Ruta (Rue)

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More observing.  Less sitting at the computer! 
Questions, comments? Looking for a speaker? info@thisgardencooks.com 


Observe.  Reflect.  Bloom!
(c) 2017 Nina A. Koziol