- Beautifully produced 96 page portrait-style 12”x 9” hardcover book on 70 # text paper with a full-color book jacket
- Interesting historical insights into Southern California and the people who shaped the Beverly Hills culture now known for its magnificent mansions, sumptous gardens, glamorous shopping, and elusive celebrities
- 100 images – vintage black and white and contemporary full color pictures.
- Award winning photographers Tim Street-Porter and Betsy Pinover Schiff shot exclusive photos for the book
- Reasonably priced at $45.00 plus tax
Most hardcover large folio books about gardens get opened once. With their photos glanced at and admired, they then get placed on a coffee table to provide a stable surface for wine glasses, hors d’oeuvres, and dust. This one, however, belongs on a bedside table because it’s more than just a garden book. It’s a romance, a biography, an adventure story, and an historical account all rolled into one … and it deserves to be read. By today’s reality-TV show standards, Virginia Dryden Robinson was rather tame. But it could be argued that she was the original Beverly Hills Housewife. She had a lot of money, entertained frequently, loved fashion, and enthusiastically embraced what was “new.” And though small in stature, she was bigger than life. Born into wealth and privilege, she married a man of equal social stature—Harry Winchester Robinson, who became president of the J.W. Robinson department store company. Eight years after their marriage in 1903, they bought an empty lot in a newly designed subdivision called Beverly Hills. On this barren plot surrounded by bean fields they built their dream house and gardens. Beverly Hills’ First Estate chronicles the development of their 6½-acre property as it went from nothing to something truly spectacular—a work in progress for 66 years! Until her death just days before her 100th birthday, Virginia continued to pour her
—Carolyn Doepke Bennett