Did anyone watch the TV game show “Wheel of Fortune” during its “San Diego Week?” The show backdrop featured classic symbols of San Diego. The most prominant was the unmistakable red turret roof of the Hotel Del Coronado.
The beautiful Hotel del Coronado is a little more beautiful today thanks to its new living wall, installed in late January by Good Earth Plants and GreenScaped Buildings. This project has been a year in the making as it made its way through a lengthy approval process by the City of Coronado. The City and several organizations must maintain the historic preservation of the landmark and ensure any renovations or construction don’t harm the structure.
The City of Coronado also approved the selection of plants. At a contract nursery in Bonsall, 138 “modules” were planted off-site with 2,200 Senecio serpens, Crassula, and Sedum Coppertone plants. Harsh winter rains forced some delays, but the project was finally completed in late January.
The living wall sits directly across from the main entrance. The Hotel Del wanted the living wall to hide ugly heating and cooling systems which were unfortunately visible to visitors past the sidewalk and driveway. In designing the wall, we faced a challenge having to work around some of these fixtures, which needed to be accessible for maintenance and repair.
The finished wall is 75 feet long and six feet high. Everyone tells us they love it, and this is what we love to hear.