Growing a garden to call home


The lush gardens at the Midland Condominium Association, 723 Hinman Ave. in southeast Evanston. Credit: Wendi Kromash

The Midland Condominium Affiliation, at 723 Hinman Ave. in southeast Evanston, is house for 27 families. The approximately 100-12 months-old creating is also residence to a lively, vibrant and visually interesting garden.

The yard is locally renowned, so considerably so that upcoming year it will be one of the featured stops on the Evanston Backyard garden Tour.

The backyard extends from Hinman Avenue east into the courtyard place that serves as the communal position of entry and departure for each and every property owner.

This labor of adore is nurtured and tended by a lot of folks, but one central determine is Stuart Katz, previous president of the condo affiliation and at the moment the de facto head of the building’s yard committee.

Stuart Katz and Ingrid Koepcke are key players that served develop the gardens at their dwelling, Midland Condominium Affiliation, 723 Hinman Ave.. Credit history: Wendi Kromash

Katz and Ingrid Koepcke, an active member of the garden committee, defined to the RoundTable how the yard arrived to be, what it takes to preserve annually and how it’s utilized by their neighbors. 

Katz, one particular of the two remaining original house owners from when the developing was converted to a condominium, mentioned the original backyard was incredibly uncomplicated: a succession of yews planted about the perimeter of the inner courtyard. 

A number of several years ago, prepandemic, the yews started off dying and necessary to be removed. It was an opportunity for the constructing association to commence around and structure a backyard the owners required.

Katz downloaded Internet garden images and shared them with the committee. All those people at the conference preferred the exact same photograph. With that visible impression as a starting up position for common inspiration, Nature’s Point of view Landscaping was contacted and submitted a proposal to clear away the yews and develop the width of the yard.