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A Leisurely Walk In Inniswood Garden

 

Tucked away in small corner of Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, is a gem of a not-so-secret-garden.

IMG_0129Inniswood Garden is an oasis in the middle of Ohio’s largest city and the fifteenth largest city in the United States. When you tire of city life this lovely park with its 123- acres of open green spaces, forests, gardens, colorful flowers, streams,  ponds, and walking trails awaits the tired and worn with Mother Nature’s best antidote for whatever ails you.

The Metro Park Guide brochure gives you the facts:

“Inniswood Metro Gardens was once the 37-acre estate of sisters Grace and Mary Innis…….The Innis sisters’ desire to preserve and enhance their gardens and woodlands for the enjoyment of all people resulted in the generous donation of their home and property to Metro parks in 1972. The sisters’ former home, the Innis House, is the site for education programs, a non-lending horticulture library and staff offices.”

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Put away all your troubles for a while and please join me on a walk that will lift your spirits and feed your soul.

These lively smiling roses greet us just outside the entrance to the park.

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Once inside colorful flowers in the Circle Garden begin to work their magic and melt stress and troubles away.

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Inniswood-map_AUG-2012_2400px[1]The biggest decision you will have to make is which of six trails that run off the circle of discovery to take:

Boardwalk Trail – 0.5 miles

Brookwood Trail 0.5 miles

Chipmunk Chatter Trail 0.6 miles

Frog Talk Walk 0.1 miles

Sisters’ Garden Loop 0.25 miles

Spring Run Trail 0.3 miles

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Along the way there are several different gardens to stop and enjoy or study. I spent time in these two:

The Herb Garden:

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Leeks

Leeks

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An Olive Tree

An Olive Tree

Rosemary

Rosemary

The Rose Garden:

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On the Brookwood and Sisters’ Trails:
The tallest rhododendron I have seen since I visited Henry VIII in England.

The tallest rhododendron I have seen since I visited Henry VIII in England.

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The Education and Concert Pavilion.

The Education and Concert Pavilion.

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On the Chipmunk Chatter Trail:

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On the Frog Walk Trail:

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I saw no frogs. But I heard a lot of them.

I saw no frogs. But I heard a lot of them.

On the Spring Run and the Boardwalk Trails:

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The day I was there none of the flowers were blooming yet.

The day I was there none of the flowers were blooming yet.

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There are benches all around for contemplation or rest.

There are benches all around for contemplation or rest.

There are shady places to sit and talk with friends.

There are shady places to sit and talk with friends.

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There are a lot of green spaces.  There are nesting boxes for blue birds. A blue bird flew right past me while taking the picture above this one.

There are a lot of green spaces. There are nesting boxes for blue birds. A blue bird flew right past me while taking the picture above this one.

Having fun.

Having fun.

Some of the Flowers and Wildflowers Seen On Various Trails

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Columbus, Ohio is blessed with many lovely parks and garden like Inniswood. Our citizens are so lucky. I wish I could show more of this wonderful garden.

As with all good things, it comes to an end too soon. The good thing is I can go back soon and see how Mother Nature has changed her garden.

Fall will be  a delightful time to go visit again.

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Featured Recipe        Best Tuna Sandwich Ever

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Found this recipe on The Kitchen Paper. It is right up my alley – quick, easy, delicious.

It is a great recipe for hot and humid days too. Only 3-5 minutes of oven time.

If you use multi-grain bread; which I did,  you can count this as health food. But regulars here know that does not matter to me over much. I am more into delicious than healthy.

What about the mustard with tuna fish? I wondered about that too. For some reason, it works. I was surprised I liked it. I discovered mustard goes very well with tuna fish.

I also increased the amount of avocado. I used 2 avocados because they were very small.  I love avocados and eat them ay least once a week. So even though I had a little left over, I ate it up quickly.

The original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of mayo. I do not like mayo so I only used one. The original recipe also uses a splash of hot sauce. I omitted that ingredient too.

While this sandwich is a bit on the expensive side, it is very filling as well as delicious. It was worth the price.

This is what you will need for 1 sandwich:

1- 6 ounce can of tuna

1 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon mustard

1 tablespoon pickle relish

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons minced onion (¼ to ½ small onion)

1 slice of multi-grain bread

1 -2 avocado depending on size.

1 slice of cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

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Here is what you do:

Remove flesh from the avocado. Place in a bowl and add 1teaspooon of lemon juice. Using a fork or potato masher mash the avocado. Set aside.

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Mince the onion. I used a red onion because I had half one left over in the fridge.

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Press the liquid from the tuna, and combine the tuna with mayonnaise, mustard, relish, the other teaspoon of lemon juice, and the minced onion.

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Stir until fully combined and smooth (add more mayonnaise if necessary), season with salt and pepper to taste.

Toast the bread, then spread a layer of avocado onto the toast. I had left over avocado.

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Pile the tuna mixture on top of the avocado. I also had left over tuna mixture.  This recipe could make one and  ahalf sandwiches; or – use a second avocado and make two.

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Top the tuna with the slice of cheese and broil for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

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Bon appétit!!!
Cost

1- 6 ounce can of tuna                   $1.31

1 tablespoons mayonnaise             $0.17

1 tablespoon mustard                    $0.11

1 tablespoon pickle relish               $0.06

1 teaspoon lemon juice                  $0.45

2 tablespoons minced onion           $0.44

1 -slice multi-grain bread               $0.17

2 avocado                                    $1.98

1 slice of cheddar cheese              $0.39

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $5.08 one sandwich

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7 comments to A Leisurely Walk In Inniswood Garden

  • Cindy

    I am honored to be the first to walk with you in this lovely park. An excellent tour Rah, thank you very much! You are lucky to have such a gem nearby!

  • After the week I’ve just had, I would give my right arm to spend some quiet time in such a beautiful, peaceful place. If I could take that sandwich with me it would be even better.

    • Roberta

      I wish you some time in a beautiful restful garden, Maureen. Blessings as you deal with Rob. How is he doing?

  • The gardens are so lovely, Roberta! I would go there all the time. Such varied ecosystems!
    I like tuna in all forms, but I’m not sure I’d like it with avocado. There’s something about avocado… the mushiness bugs me. I’m not even a fan of guacamole. Sad, huh.

  • That park looks beautiful Roberta. Interesting fact about mink on that notice, I did not know they like to be near water.

    Julia, I find avocado that has been removed from the skin too mushy as well. Our usual way to eat it in Africa was to add a spot of vinegar, a few drops of Worcester sauce and a little black pepper to a half avocado and scrape it out with a spoon as we ate.

    I miss not having a tree in the garden here in Canada.