One of 2005’s additions to Madison Square Park was a newly renovated children’s garden dedicated to a champion and friend of Madison Square Park, Bridget Watkins. Bridget’s Garden surrounding the playground at the northern end of the park and was completely renovated in the Spring of 2005.
To rejuvenate the garden, each old plant was removed, new soil and compost added, and new trees, shrubs, and flowers planted. Today, this garden is a lush, colorful delight to all the children, families, and neighbors who pass through the northern end of the park.
LILAC GROVE IN HONOR OF BOB BENMOSCHE
In January 2006, Robert H. Benmosche, the former Chairman and CEO of MetLife received the Mad. Sq. Award, which honors those who have made a significant difference in the life of Madison Square Park. Bob’s vision not only positioned MetLife as a powerful competitor in the financial services marketplace, but was also a prominent motivation behind the renaissance of Madison Square Park. The award is commemorated by the planting of the Robert Benmosche Lilac Grove in Madison Square Park. The grove contains ten specimens of the rare ‘Primrose’ lilac in honor of Bob’s deep commitment to his community.