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Hidden Paradise in the Heart of Downtown

Gardening in the city, with chickens!

My name is Suzanne. My husband and I live in an 1854 brick cottage in downtown Sandusky, Ohio. Even though we are in an urban setting, we have made a private peaceful garden for ourselves complete with a chicken coop. We recently put in a pea gravel patio, where we can enjoy our morning coffee or dinner with friends. We have managed to incorporate the chicken coop into our garden and made sure it’s as pleasant to look at as the garden itself. We have planted our gardens with shade-loving perennials such as hostas, ferns, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Solomon’s seal, astilbe, foxglove, and lots of ivy. It’s our little piece of paradise in a busy world.

A piece of paradise indeed! I want to have dinner there.

Another beautiful seating area, with a living succulent arrangement in the center of the table and the chicken coop in the background. You would never know this garden is right in the downtown, and the chicken coop fits into the rest of the garden perfectly.

How lucky are these chickens that they have matching planters on either side of their front door, plus a hanging plant on the door itself? This sturdy coop also ensures that the chickens can enjoy the fresh air without getting gobbled up by a passing hawk or a hungry raccoon.

Another view of the garden along the chicken coop.

And one last view of this urban paradise, a perfect retreat for humans and fowls alike.


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    treasuresmom 09/27/2019

    What a sweet chicken coop! But your haven is especially nice & peaceful.

  2. cheryl_c 09/27/2019

    You have done a wonderful job of incorporating your flock into your garden with consideration for their comfort and for the attractiveness of your property. I'll bet it is fun to collect eggs in the morning!

  3. hummerlu 09/27/2019

    Hello from Massillon, OH. What a wonderful space you have created!

  4. Musette1 09/27/2019

    The best of both worlds, imo! That chicken run is especially nice!

  5. btucker9675 09/27/2019

    This is a magical space for people AND chickens alike! What a lovely job you've done bringing a bit of the country to the city.

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    simplesue 09/27/2019

    What a cool garden/life you have there. I would loved to have also seen your 1854 brick cottage! And so close to the Great Lake Erie! And all that greenery in an urban garden. Love the large and well designed chicken coop (chicken palace LOL!) You've made a beautiful garden and a beautiful life.
    I really enjoyed this post!

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    RonaldTague 10/08/2019

    I really appreciate your post

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