Growing a garden to call home


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

The Midland Condominium Association, at 723 Hinman Ave. in southeast Evanston, is property for 27 households. The virtually 100-year-previous setting up is also property to a lively, vibrant and visually exciting yard.

The backyard is domestically renowned, so considerably so that up coming yr it will be a single of the highlighted stops on the Evanston Yard Tour.

The yard extends from Hinman Avenue east into the courtyard area that serves as the communal place of entry and departure for every single homeowner.

This labor of love is nurtured and tended by a lot of individuals, but one central figure is Stuart Katz, previous president of the rental affiliation and at the moment the de facto head of the building’s backyard committee.

Stuart Katz and Ingrid Koepcke are crucial players that aided establish the gardens at their residence, Midland Condominium Affiliation, 723 Hinman Ave.. Credit: Wendi Kromash

Katz and Ingrid Koepcke, an energetic member of the backyard garden committee, explained to the RoundTable how the backyard garden came to be, what it normally takes to maintain per year and how it’s used by their neighbors. 

Katz, one of the two remaining initial entrepreneurs from when the creating was converted to a condominium, explained the original yard was really uncomplicated: a succession of yews planted all over the perimeter of the interior courtyard. 

Various years back, prepandemic, the yews started dying and essential to be eliminated. It was an opportunity for the making affiliation to start above and layout a garden the owners preferred.

Katz downloaded Net backyard pictures and shared them with the committee. All people at the assembly most popular the similar photo. With that visible image as a setting up level for standard inspiration, Nature’s Point of view Landscaping was contacted and submitted a proposal to clear away the yews and increase the width of the back garden.