Rising a backyard to name residence

The plush gardens on the Midland Condominium Affiliation, 723 Hinman Ave. in southeast Evanston. Credit score: Wendi Kromash

The Midland Condominium Affiliation, at 723 Hinman Ave. in southeast Evanston, is residence for 27 households. The practically 100-year-old constructing can be residence to a vibrant, colourful and visually fascinating backyard.

The backyard is regionally famend, a lot in order that subsequent yr it is going to be one of many featured stops on the Evanston Backyard Tour.

The backyard extends from Hinman Avenue east into the courtyard space that serves because the communal level of entry and departure for each home-owner.

This labor of affection is nurtured and tended by many individuals, however one central determine is Stuart Katz, former president of the apartment affiliation and at present the de facto head of the constructing’s backyard committee.

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

Katz and Ingrid Koepcke, an lively member of the backyard committee, defined to the RoundTable how the backyard got here to be, what it takes to take care of yearly and the way it’s utilized by their neighbors. 

Katz, one of many two remaining unique house owners from when the constructing was transformed to a condominium, mentioned the unique backyard was very simple: a succession of yews planted across the perimeter of the internal courtyard. 

A number of years in the past, prepandemic, the yews began dying and wanted to be eliminated. It was a chance for the constructing affiliation to begin over and design a backyard the house owners wished.

Katz downloaded Web backyard pictures and shared them with the committee. All these on the assembly most popular the identical photograph. With that visible picture as a place to begin for common inspiration, Nature’s Perspective Landscaping was contacted and submitted a proposal to take away the yews and increase the width of the backyard.

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