Director of Public Relations
April 26, 2011
THE LEGENDARY HOTEL DEL CORONADO UNVEILS
NEW SIGNATURE GARDENS
Coronado, CA — When the historic Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888, travelers were drawn to the lush landscaping and mild climate. The resort was considered a sanctuary of health, and guests loved strolling the grounds and admiring the beautiful gardens. Today, the resort is continuing that legacy with spectacular new signature gardens by the world’s leading plant brand, Proven Winners.
The Del’s signature gardens feature spectacular annuals, perennials and succulents with the newest plants from horticulture’s leading breeders. The gardens stretch along the Windsor Lawn by the oceanfront restaurants and blends with the sustainable herb garden just outside of the spa’s private terrace and vanishing edge pool. The colorful beds are sure to inspire guests and visitors and encourage creative ideas for home gardens everywhere.
Roughly 6,500 plants of more than 35 Proven Winner varieties were planted in April 2011. More than 80 percent of the plants were grown in a jumbo Elle pot – a plantable, bio-degradable, paper-like sheath that eliminates the need for a plastic pot. The gardening team also used a special blend of Coastal Color Blend soil made by Agriservice. About a dozen large baskets hang from the decorative light posts near the herb garden. Some of the key varieties in the new gardens include: calibrachoas, hibiscus, mandevillas, petunias, anisodontea hybrid, euphorbia graminea, lobularia hybrid, aeonium hybrid, aloe variegata, and echeveria hybrid.
The new gardens blend seamlessly with the existing sustainable herb garden that was planted in 2010. The herb garden provides seasonal vegetables, fruit and herbs to The Del’s restaurants, allowing for the chefs to select the freshest ingredients daily. The garden features strawberries, rosemary, garlic, red cabbage, golden sage, oregano, celery, mint leaves, Italian parsley, fennel, chives, lettuce, peppers, chamomile and more. The adjacent Spa at The Del also uses some of the herbs for their signature spa treatments and to make homemade flavored waters..
The Signature Gardens and sustainable herb garden at the Hotel del Coronado feature detailed plant labels, enabling guests to take self-guided tours and learn about the gorgeous, colorful varieties from Proven Winners.