October 5, 2022


Gets In Done On Time

Increasing a yard to simply call residence

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

The Midland Condominium Association, at 723 Hinman Ave. in southeast Evanston, is house for 27 people. The just about 100-calendar year-outdated setting up is also residence to a vibrant, vibrant and visually fascinating yard.

The garden is domestically renowned, so much so that future yr it will be a single of the highlighted stops on the Evanston Garden Tour.

The yard extends from Hinman Avenue east into the courtyard spot that serves as the communal position of entry and departure for each individual property owner.

This labor of appreciate is nurtured and tended by numerous persons, but 1 central figure is Stuart Katz, former president of the apartment association and currently the de facto head of the building’s backyard garden committee.

Stuart Katz and Ingrid Koepcke are crucial gamers that helped develop the gardens at their household, Midland Condominium Affiliation, 723 Hinman Ave.. Credit rating: Wendi Kromash

Katz and Ingrid Koepcke, an lively member of the backyard garden committee, discussed to the RoundTable how the back garden came to be, what it takes to preserve annually and how it is used by their neighbors. 

Katz, one particular of the two remaining initial entrepreneurs from when the setting up was transformed to a condominium, explained the unique yard was really simple: a succession of yews planted all around the perimeter of the interior courtyard. 

Numerous decades back, prepandemic, the yews started out dying and required to be eliminated. It was an possibility for the setting up affiliation to commence above and style and design a backyard garden the entrepreneurs wished.

Katz downloaded Web back garden pictures and shared them with the committee. All those people at the meeting most well-liked the identical photo. With that visible impression as a starting up place for general inspiration, Nature’s Standpoint Landscaping was contacted and submitted a proposal to take away the yews and develop the width of the yard.