Growing a yard to phone residence


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 dwelling for 27 households. The almost 100-yr-previous setting up is also house to a lively, colourful and visually attention-grabbing backyard garden.

The yard is domestically renowned, so substantially so that next yr it will be just one of the featured stops on the Evanston Garden Tour.

The back garden extends from Hinman Avenue east into the courtyard location that serves as the communal place of entry and departure for each individual homeowner.

This labor of enjoy is nurtured and tended by numerous individuals, but a person central determine is Stuart Katz, previous president of the condominium affiliation and currently the de facto head of the building’s garden committee.

Stuart Katz and Ingrid Koepcke are essential gamers that served produce the gardens at their household, Midland Condominium Affiliation, 723 Hinman Ave.. Credit: Wendi Kromash

Katz and Ingrid Koepcke, an energetic member of the garden committee, described to the RoundTable how the backyard came to be, what it takes to manage yearly and how it is utilized by their neighbors. 

Katz, a person of the two remaining original house owners from when the building was transformed to a condominium, stated the unique back garden was extremely easy: a succession of yews planted all over the perimeter of the interior courtyard. 

Numerous a long time in the past, prepandemic, the yews commenced dying and necessary to be eliminated. It was an opportunity for the setting up association to start off more than and layout a back garden the proprietors needed.

Katz downloaded Net backyard garden photographs and shared them with the committee. All these at the assembly most well-liked the exact same photo. With that visible graphic as a starting off stage for standard inspiration, Nature’s Viewpoint Landscaping was contacted and submitted a proposal to take away the yews and increase the width of the backyard.