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Around the Lodge


On the northside of the cabin you'll find our strawberry and blueberry garden. Around the deck you'll find wild strawberry plants and on the bank you'll find wild raspberries and river bank grapes. Under the patio table we planted rosemary in the galvanized bucket to help repel mosquitoes.
If the blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or grapes are in season during your visit, please feel free to help yourself.  Please don't pick berries that aren't ripe, the next guest at the lodge will appreciate your selective picking!
Gold Finch, Goldfinch, Yellow Bird, Iowa State Bird, Bird Watching

We also have wild Canadian Thistle on the bank in front of the lodge. We work hard to keep the thistles from taking seed in the grass, but love them on the bank.  Goldfinches are everywhere in the summer and love their thistles.

DJK '15

Rosemary, Rock Garden, Herbs, Thyme

Look around the cabin foundation and you'll find herbs just about everywhere.  Under the patio table, in the "Beer Garden," bucket or over by the berry garden.  You'll find Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Chives and Taragon.

Berry Garden, Strawberries, Blueberries

The Beer Garden!  Located on the deck, we have a new innovative garden for you.  The center bucket is great for chilling beverages and as the ice melts it waters the herbs we have planted around it.  These herbs are for your use as well!

Help yourself to our Blueberry and Strawberry garden on the North side of The Decoy Lodge!  If you use the outdoor faucet, please hook it back up to the automatic watering module and soaker hose when you're done!

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