‘You can create your own beauty’: Evanston gardeners find community and connection


Lucia Barnum and Aviva Bechky/The Daily Northwestern

The Twiggs Canal Gardens in Evanston. Evanston resident Ruth Taxy, in the background, said this was her first year sharing a plot there. She’s trying to grow eggplant, peppers and cucumbers.

At gardens throughout Evanston, residents do more than just grow plants— they find beauty, community and a space for connecting to the Earth. From Norris University Center’s Wild Roots garden to the West End Garden to the Twiggs Canal Gardens, students and residents nurture flowers and produce food side-by-side.

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