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Garden Areas

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Looking for a place garden space in Evanston to rent for a special event or added plot space? We have everything you need.


Merrick Rose Garden

Merrick Garden

The Merrick Rose Garden is a popular location for small weddings or special occasions, as well as for wedding photographs.

Site Information:

  • The Merrick Rose Garden features hundreds of beautiful rose bushes, as well as the historic Fountain Square Centennial Fountain.

  • The Garden is located at Lake St. and Oak Ave., one block east of Ridge Ave. In 2003, new garden lighting and irrigation systems were installed and the retaining walls were reconstructed.

  • The garden may be rented on a Friday after 3:30 p.m., or on Saturday or Sunday.

  • Only one group is allowed a special permit for the Garden per day and the public must be allowed access to the Garden.


  • A signed application and liability waiver is required. Only Evanston residents may fill out the application form and sign the waiver.

  • There is a $200 rental fee.

  • There is $40 fee for photos only.

  • There is a $200 deposit. The deposit will be returned if the garden is in reasonable condition (i.e. garden has not been damaged and roses have not been picked).

Courtyard Garden


The Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Enabling Garden in the central open courtyard creates a bright and close-to-nature feeling.

Site Information:

  • The beautiful flowers, colorful raised beds and dramatic container gardens make this a tranquil setting to host smaller gatherings.
  • The water feature enhances the garden by bringing in the natural elements of water and stone.
  • The garden is located at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
  • It may be rented on Fridays, from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • There is a 52-person maximum capacity for seating with tables and chairs.



  • Resident: $125/hour
  • Non-Resident: $175/hour






Community Garden Rentals

Community Garden

The City of Evanston offers residents 220 plots for rent from March through mid-November.

Garden Sites:

  • James Park Gardens, south of Oakton between McCormick Blvd. and Dodge Ave. This is a locked site. In addition to full and half plots, this site has 4 raised beds.
  • Twiggs Canal Gardens, by the intersection of Bridge and Simpson, on the south side of North Shore Channel in Twiggs Park. This site has full and half plots and eight raised beds.
  • McCormick Gardens, at McCormick Blvd. and Bridge St., across the street from the Ecology Center. This site has full and half plots.
  • Lighthouse Gardens, off of Sheridan Rd., north of the Grosse Point Lighthouse and adjacent to Noah's Playground for Everyone in Lawson Park. This is the smallest site with 9½ plots.


  • Half Plot (approx. 200 square feet): $42.50 for all sites, plus community garden service
  • Raised bed (Twiggs): $38.00, plus community garden service
  • Raised bed (James Park): $25.00, plus community garden service