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24th Annual Garden Tour



n Friday, May 18, 2012, The Friends of Robinson Gardens will welcome the public to their twenty-fourth annual “…into the garden” Tour. This year’s theme is “California Dreamin’.” As usual, there will be five extraordinary private gardens on view, all of them exemplifying excellence in landscape architecture and varying horticultural styles. In addition to viewing these private gardens, guests are welcomed at the historic Virginia Robinson Estate and Gardens in Beverly Hills, to revel in what many consider the garden party of the year. There is truly nothing else like this event in Los Angeles.

The Robinson house is decorated for the party by prominent Los Angeles florists and interior designers. Each room is given a transformation involving color, style, and a bit of whimsy through floral arrangements and decor. After touring the house, guests are invited to enjoy a sumptuous lunch and high tea on the Great Lawn while watching a fashion show. A boutique on the Tennis Court features jewelry, clothing, hats, tableware, and plants, and is open all through the day. Guests are also able to enjoy floral workshops, a silent auction/opportunity drawing, a botanical art exhibition in the Italianate Pool Pavilion and book signings by Los Angeles authors. This year for the first time there will be copies available of Friends of Robinson Gardens’ very own book, Beverly Hills First Estate, whose sales will benefit the Garden itself.

It’s a day of elegance and beauty, overflowing with the views of magnificent gardens, exposure to creative and interesting design, tastes of delectable foods and invariably, accompanied by elevated spirits from all that it’s contained. This is the day that the Friends of Robinson Gardens have been preparing for all year. It’s the only day we open the doors of the Virginia Robinson Estate and invite our guests to enjoy a garden party in the style that Mrs. Robinson established as her own one hundred years ago.


Friday, May 18, 2012 — 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tim Street-Porter and Annie Kelly

While visiting Virginia Robinson Gardens, enjoy California Luncheon Cuisine
served throughout the day on the Great Lawn and in the Italianate Pool Pavilion.

Fashion Show by Barbara Bui

On the Great Lawn over the noon-hour

Book Signing: Beverly Hills’ First Estate
The House & Gardens of Virginia & Harry Robinson

By the Lily Pond at 1:00 p.m.

Floral Workshop with Marc Byrd

Under the Tent at 2:00 p.m.

Floral Designers

Bel Air Garden Club
Beverly Hills Garden Club
Botany Flowers
Cottage Garden Design
CBL Landscapes Inc.
Dale Witt
Eric Solberg
Greenwood Gardens
Lily Lodge
Lucia Burke Garden Design
Magical Blooms Flowers & Boutique
Marc Byrd Flower Design
My Garden
Pat Frey Floral Design
Progressive Events
Stephanie Grace Designs
Sticks and Stones Floral Design
Sweet Leaf
Teryl Design
The Flower Box
The Empty Vase
Tre’ Design
Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery

Room Designers

Donna Livingston Interiors
Leslie Tillmann Design
Lulu Powers
Madeline Stuart Interior Design
Marcie Bronkar Home Couture
Progressive Events
Stephanie Grace Design
Swanson Ollis Interiors
Virginia Robinson China
Yves Delorme

California Classics Boutique

Accessor Eyes Optical
Artspace Warehouse
Bedhead Loungewear
Beaton Luxury
Clare Vivier
Classy Bag Lady
Designs by Georgina
For Love of Home
Gourmet Blends
Isabella Emporium
Hostess Gifts to Go
Kathryn Bentley Jewelry
Katro LLC
Lavender Blue Inc.
Louise’s Hats
Primadina Jewels
Ronelle Designs
Shelley’s Fashions
Stephanie Grace Designs
Susie O’s Handbags
The Treasured Accessory
Upton Lane Jewelry
Ya Living
YAD Collectibles & Interiors