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At the Evanston Garden Fair some of the plants were potted in repurposed containers. Credit: Adina Keeling

This weekend saw the return of the annual Evanston Garden Fair, which took a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Located in Independence Park at Central Street and Stewart Avenue, the fair offered an array of plants, including sun and shade-loving plants, flowering plants, native plants, hanging plants, ground cover, herbs and vegetables. 

Almost all of the plants were grown by members of the Lincolnwood Garden Club of Evanston, the nonprofit that organized the fair.

One club member, Jan Scherubel, said she brought in some native plants, ground cover, a succulent and some ferns, many of which were gone by Friday afternoon. 

Because these plants were grown locally, they will thrive in Evanston backyards, she said. 

Scherubel was also on the Evanston Garden Fair committee and volunteered to work at the fair. She said the group was excited to be back after their two-year pandemic absence.

“Sales have been great,” Scherubel said. All proceeds from the fair went to the nonprofit, which hosts monthly meetings, coordinates plant-related programming, invests in local gardens and provides grants for garden projects at local schools, churches and other community groups.

Members of the group are passionate about gardening, and many have been a part of the club for a long time, Scherubel said. 

She added that the group offers open membership and welcomes community members of any experience.

The Evanston Garden Fair returned after a two-year hiatus. Credit: Adina Keeling
At the Evanston Garden Fair, prices were marked with colored tags. Credit: Adina Keeling
The Evanston Garden Fair took place in Independence Park on Friday and Saturday. Credit: Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...

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