History and science come alive as students discover the beautiful six acres of gardens created by Harry and Virginia Robinson in the heart of Beverly Hills.


isted on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Robinson Gardens offer a fun, engaging, and unique hands-on science-based learning experience. Students tour the stunning gardens, which include many exotic and rare plants from all over the world, and journey through a two-acre King Palm Forest with trees towering 60 feet above them!




elating to the history and cultural development of Los Angeles, the program’s curriculum is complementary to the approved California State guidelines for science in grades two through four. Children will learn by finding, identifying, tasting and smelling plants. Not only will they examine the plants under a microscope, they will also research related material and learn how to cultivate and nurture a garden of their own. The goals of the program are to increase children’s knowledge about botany, ecology and conservation, motivate them to eat healthier foods, and enrich their lives through the beauty and history of the gardens.

Student field trips are led by trained docents who understand a child’s curiosity and provide an exciting learning experience. The entire session of the tour lasts about two hours. The tour concludes with a souvenir for each student: a gift bag and a seedling that they will have planted. Teachers will receive classroom materials before and after the session to enhance learning.

Plan a visit and experience…


The Robinson Estate


Great Lawn & Pool Pavilion


Organ Pipe Cactus


Display Rose Garden

Exotic plants & flowers


Chickens – Poulet Palace


Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden vegetables


Harry the Cat


Beautiful sculptures


Italian Terrace Garden




Water fountain features


King Palm Forest


Docent-led children’s tours


For more information or to reserve
a field trip date for your school:

contact Virginia Robinson Gardens at

(310) 550-2087 (press 1) 

  • Virginia Robinson Gardens is listed as an approved field trip for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Admission is free for qualified private and public school organized field trips. Transportation is available, and free if school qualifies as Title One.
  • Advanced reservations are necessary with an application to complete.
  • Docent led tours for children are available throughout the year.
  • Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday and begin promptly at 10 am.


Testimonials from our visitors:

“Best field trip ever and we even get snacks!”  J. Gonzalez – 3rd grader

“Excellent tour; we will continue to discuss conservation and healthy eating throughout the year!”  M. Mason -4th grade teacher

“…Robinson Gardens provides lifetime experiences for our students. Paradise in the middle of the city.”  J. Ecker – 2nd/3rd grade teacher