Merrick Rose Garden Lake St & Oak Ave, Evanston, IL60201 The Merrick Rose Garden is truly a treasure of the Evanston community. Started in 1948 to honor attorney and second ward…More alderman Clinton Merrick, the garden has only grown since its inception. The Centennial Fountain is located inside features hundreds of rose bushes. The garden is lined with benches, and kids can play by the fountain and grass area. This is a popular location for wedding photos and special events.