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They're Back! Bluebirds nesting in March. Photo courtesy of Ellen Hodges.

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 Arboretumand 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.

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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Mr. Big Begonias in the north-facing window box.

Future diner in our garden
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A newborn fawn outside our window

Organic. Dandelions!
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Fawn at Wildwood Garden (c) Ellen Hodges

Sleeping fox on our back patio.
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In the garden where purple lives.
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Herbs in the fall potager. (c) Ellen Hodges.

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(c) Ellen Hodges 2013

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Learn more about garden design, residential garden history, plants and placement. See "Classes."

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Checking seedlings in the greenhouse

On the lookout for orioles!
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It's Spring and I'm starting my Swiss Chard seeds!
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More images from Wildwood

The Mixed Border.
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Rudbeckia, Hydrangeas, Perennials and More!

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Wildwood at high summer. (c) Ellen Hodges

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Hummingbird in our garden by Ellen Hodges.

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A snippet of our hummingbird/butterfly border.

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Fritillary. Lays its eggs on the violets in the surrounding woodland.

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

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

Got Trout?  

Check out my recipe under What's Cookin'?  Here fishy, fishy, fishy... You'll find more recipes here, too! 

This Garden Cooks.com offers planting and harvesting tips, recipes, essays, class schedules, resources and more. Explore, enjoy and do visit again!  

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


Observe.  Reflect.  Bloom!
(c) 2016 Nina A. Koziol