The organization has raised over three million dollars towards the restoration and preservation of the Virginia Robinson Estate. Our primary benefit fundraiser is the Annual Garden Tour held in the spring of each year.
The press has called the Annual Garden Tour “the most glamorous of its kind in Southern California.” The tour features a selection of distinguished gardens presented by their owners and landscape architects. The gardens’ themes range from the extremely formal to the purely whimsical. Because of their integration of a wide variety of horticulture, Robinson Gardens can be enjoyed by children and the nature lover alike.
The crown jewel of the Garden Benefit is the special tour of the Robinson Gardens estate. Bestowed upon the death of Virginia Robinson, the estate is presently part of the Los Angeles County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The garden is also the elegant setting for the annual Patron Gala which recreates the beautiful surroundings similarly to how Mrs. Robinson might have invited her renowned and celebrated guests to enjoy.
Friends of Robinson Gardens also sponsor a very active outreach program with volunteers hosting an annual spring tour and science education program for children in Southern California.
Friends of Robinson Gardens (FRG) aid and ensure the mission of the Virginia Robinson Gardens, helping to preserve the rich cultural history of Los Angeles.
FRG also volunteer their time, financial resources and expertise to provide ongoing community education. FRG resolve to secure the necessary funding for these programs and to initiate new and innovative plans to maintain these gardens and estate for all future generations.
These events are enthusiastically planned and attended by friends, as well as eagerly anticipated by children. This program is carrying on the tradition of Virginia Robinson who was actively involved in many philanthropic activities.