December 2, 2023

House T.M.

Every Story Begins at 'House'

Expanding a back garden to call home

5 min read

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

The Midland Condominium Affiliation, at 723 Hinman Ave. in southeast Evanston, is household for 27 households. The practically 100-12 months-old developing is also residence to a vivid, vibrant and visually attention-grabbing backyard garden.

The backyard is regionally renowned, so significantly so that future yr it will be 1 of the showcased stops on the Evanston Backyard Tour.

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

This labor of enjoy is nurtured and tended by a lot of persons, but a single central determine is Stuart Katz, former president of the rental association and at present the de facto head of the building’s back garden committee.

Stuart Katz and Ingrid Koepcke are vital gamers that served create the gardens at their house, Midland Condominium Affiliation, 723 Hinman Ave.. Credit history: Wendi Kromash

Katz and Ingrid Koepcke, an active member of the backyard committee, described to the RoundTable how the back garden arrived to be, what it will take to retain on a yearly basis and how it’s utilised by their neighbors. 

Katz, a single of the two remaining initial homeowners from when the building was transformed to a condominium, stated the initial back garden was incredibly straightforward: a succession of yews planted all over the perimeter of the inner courtyard. 

A number of several years back, prepandemic, the yews started out dying and needed to be taken out. It was an opportunity for the developing affiliation to commence around and style and design a garden the owners wished.

Katz downloaded World-wide-web yard photos and shared them with the committee. All these at the meeting chosen the identical photograph. With that visible image as a starting off level for normal inspiration, Nature’s Perspective Landscaping was contacted and submitted a proposal to clear away the yews and extend the width of the back garden.

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