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Median Gardens

Public Art

About the artist:

Median Garden on the 800 block of Orange Avenue installed in 2005 in the shape of a Celtic knot.

Coronado has sixteen beautiful works of art, created on the canvas of the Orange Avenue median. Initiated in 1992 by local residents Maryly Benzian and Pam Keil of Baby Bloomers, the MainStreet Median Garden Project was the inspiration of a group of concerned citizens whose goal was to beautify Coronado's downtown by adding colorful, blooming plants. Volunteers Maryly Benzian and MainStreet Board Member Caroline Murray create a garden's design based on established criteria, the location, surrounding buildings, City staff recommendations and donor preferences. The Gardens won the 1998 National Urban Beautification Award from the American Horticultural Society, Washington D.C. Each garden has a plaque identifying the donor or the honoree. To learn more about each individual garden and to view the Mainstreet Garden brochure click here.

Spring is here and the gardens are in bloom. All 16 median gardens are beautiful after their spring facelift. The MainStreet garden crew works every week to maintain the gardens but once or twice a year, there is a major fertilizing and plant replacement. In addition, annual flowers are planted around the outside border of each garden to add color. This year and last year the gardens saw a major renovation (which means a major capital expenditure). Thanks to some very generous community members, MainStreet has been able to freshen each garden. Contributions are gratefully accepted all year long. The major garden fundraiser is the annual Garden Party which is usually held at a historic Coronado home and garden the weekend after Labor Day. Mark you calendar, the Garden Party is slated for September 6 with local restaurant chefs preparing their delicious fare and lively music.