Joanne gives a brief CGC history lesson to Mayor Tanaka and Shannon as we kick off our 50th year in Coronado
Crown Garden Club president Shannon Player, past-president Joanne Riley, and Mayor Casey Tanaka met at the June Miller Memorial Garden in Spreckels Park with their well- used shovel to kick off a year of Coronado beautification projects in celebration of the club’s 50th anniversary. The garden is maintained by members. Contact information: www.crowngardenclub.org or Shannon Player at 435-1764.
In 1959 June Lenz founded the Crown Garden Club of Coronado with the goals of involving our community in creating Coronado’s lovely gardens, educating local gardeners, and encouraging floral arrangement design.
Other celebratory events are planned for the year. Well-known Dutch Master Designer Rene van Rems will showcase design styles at the Demonstration Luncheon on February 26. This summer members are planning a very special living floral design float for the Coronado July 4 parade. In early fall, the club members will unveil a garden-inspired beautification project in memory of founder June Lenz.
The Crown Garden Club has played a major part in the history of Coronado. Some of their first projects centered on the cleaning up of Orange Avenue. By the late 50’s, early 60’s, this main thoroughfare was looking a bit run down, so the garden club lobbied for and organized beautification projects. They arranged for the removal of the original tall Queen Palms with the goal of keeping Coronado’s main street from looking like a string of telephone poles. CGC members wanted attractive green foliage to be at eye level so they planted the Quadalupe palms with Rhaphiolepis surround in new diamond cut out spaces. Then they undertook a community wide anti-litter campaign. The club was the force behind getting both of our community mini-parks on First Street developed. The ladies weren’t “hot-house flowers” or afraid of hard work. For many years, CGC members would sweep and completely clean Orange Avenue themselves on the day before Coronado’s popular Flower Shows so that our city would look its best.