Florists embrace “The Art of Living” at the 2018 Garden Tour

The Friends of Robinson Gardens is so grateful to the extremely talented floral designers who will transform the rooms of Virginia Robinson’s home into settings of dazzling beauty for the 30th annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate on May 19, 2018. Don’t miss this breathtaking event where the florists will interpret the theme: “Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson: The Art of Living!”

Each florist is listed alphabetically along with the room/area they are decorating so that you will know where to find them when you visit the Showcase Estate at Robinson Gardens on Garden Tour day.

Eric Solberg Gardens – Front Walkway
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P.O. Box 1022
Topanga, CA  90290-1022

Eric Solberg the California garden designer was born, raised, and educated in Buffalo, New York. Due to an urban modernization project and the Pan-American Exposition of 1901, he grew up deeply affected by a citywide landscape and canopy of trees designed and planted by Frederick Law Olmsted.

After arriving in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, he joined the team of garden designers at Sassafras Nursery in Topanga, California. He has been designing gardens in Los Angeles for 20 years. His work has been featured in the LA Times, House and Garden, Time Magazine, and Martha Stewart Living.


Fiore Designs – Master Bedroom, Bath and Dressing Room
Jennifer Juhos and Nicole Renna
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907 Pacific Avenue@Brooks Court
Venice, CA  90291

Fiore is a Los Angeles based floral, event & design company with a retail boutique in Venice.
We offer fresh flowers daily, private and corporate weekly floral services, wedding and event decor, potted botanical and garden design and exquisite gifting services.  Always striving towards beauty, Fiore is a grand collaboration and a continuously evolving collection of inspirations.  Our boutique stocks a curated collection of fresh flowers, succulents and plants, as well as unique gifts, home accents and little luxuries.


Floral Crush – Guest Bedroom
Katie Hartman
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Floral Crush is an event floral design studio founded by longtime friends and flower lovers, Danielle Gary and Katie Hartman.

Our appreciation of nature as the truest form of beauty, as well as our love of design, inspired us to create our business. With backgrounds in event planning and public relations, we bring the highest level of professionalism and creativity to everything we do and approach each project with a fresh, innovative eye. We embrace texture and elegance in design, choosing florals and vessels that reflect the client’s vision.

We believe florals are the final detail of natural beauty essential for every event! Our goal is to always exceed expectations by delivering exquisite designs, within budget, in the most efficient and enjoyable manner.


Floral Rush – Loggia
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5265 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Celebrated for their cutting edge design and their ability to optimize unusual and rare botanicals in unique and stunning design applications, Floral Rush, under the direction of Nelson Hiltner, strives to push the expected boundaries of floral design.


Flowermaid INC– Morning Room

Ines Garstecki
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4201 McConnell Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90066
310-305-8992; 310-770-3422

Flowermaid is a floral design boutique that specializes in event flower design. We can focus 100% of our attention on our clients’ event needs and visions without being distracted by the usual retail store business. We love to fine-tune flower colors for any given occasion and create arrangements with a very natural feel, free-flowing and romantic.


FlowerSchool Los Angeles – Yellow Salon
Calvert Crary and Jin Park
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222 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA  90012

Founded in 2017 by Executive Director Calvert Crary, FlowerSchool Los Angeles Inc. is the most prestigious center for the floral arts in Los Angeles. It is the mission of FlowerSchool to celebrate great floristry and floral design by teaching specific skills and techniques developed by Master Florists from around the world. The school is for beginners, enthusiasts, and professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in the floral arts.


Garden Club of Santa Barbara – Pool Pavilion

The objectives of the club are to stimulate the knowledge and enjoyment of gardening and flower arranging, to aid in the protection of native plants and wildlife, to encourage historic preservation, and to support civic beautification and planting.


George’s Garden and Marc Byrd – Pool Pavilion
Marc Byrd and George Martinez
P.O. Box 69632
Los Angeles, CA  90069
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Over the last twenty-five years, Marc Byrd along with George Martinez have participated in the Garden Tour at Virginia Robinson Gardens, led workshops, seminars, lectures, and decorated the Gala at Robinson Gardens.  Marc and George are delighted to return after a two-year hiatus.

For the last 30 years, they were the in-house florist at the Los Angeles Country Club — among numerous clients that included L’Orangerie Restaurant and the Hollywood Park Race Track Turf Club, entertainment, business, corporations, social leaders, and celebrity clientele.

Marc also taught evening floral design classes at Santa Monica High School and Beverly Hills High School for 29 years.


Greenwood Garden – Kitchen Patio
John Schoustra
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8000 Balcom Canyon Road
Somis, CA 93066

Greenwood Garden finds, breeds, and grows regionally superior perennials for California landscape professionals and avid gardeners.


Jerry Hritz Landscape Design – Back Terrace Entry
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1148 Hayworth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90035

Jerry Hritz is the founder and chief landscape designer of Hritz Landscape Design, founded in 1989. With over 25 years of landscape design experience, Hritz has pioneered and built landscaping concepts for multi-million dollar residential homes and estates as well as commercial properties throughout Los Angeles, Palm Springs and New York. Hritz merges his love of horticulture, paired with his eye for design and his talent for reflecting a client’s personal style and translating their design vision into classic and contemporary landscapes for modern day living.


Le Jardin Prive – Galleria Bar
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938 San Jose Avenue
Burbank, CA  91501

Creating magnificent floral displays, Le Jardin Privé is a custom floral boutique specializing in unique, one of a kind floral designs highlighting creativity and artistic expression. When receiving an arrangement from Le Jardin Privé, recipients say it was an experience of such beauty that will long linger in their hearts.


Louesa Roebuck – Pantry
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322 South Padre Juan Avenue
Ojai, CA  93023

Reprinted with permission from Foraged Flora by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale, copyright (c) 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Image (c) 2016 by Laurie Frankel.

considers all of California her home, and happily divides her time between the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Currently living in Ojai, she has created floral installations for Vivienne Westwood, John Baldesarri, Todd Selby, Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Rintaro, and Carolyn Murphy for Vogue and House Beautiful. Her floral work has been featured in a number of national and international magazines and media, including Vogue, C Magazine, Edible Selby, Remodelista, Bare Journal, Sunset, Martha Stewart Living, and the Los Angeles Times.

Louesa’s new book Foraged Flora is a gorgeously photographed new take on flower arranging using local and foraged plants and flowers to create beautiful arrangements, with ideas and inspiration for the whole year. Whether picking a small tendril of fragrant jasmine, collecting oversized branches of flowering quince, or making a garland of bay laurel, Foraged Flora is an invitation to seek out the beauty of the natural world. Click here for book link.


Magical Blooms – Front Door
Jenny Barker
1417 S Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA  90277
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We design with intention. Fresh and on the spot. We enjoy all types of seasonal flowers. Please follow us on Instagram for our daily vibes. We know flowers bring energy and high vibrations to people. Flowers connect to the soul. Why not bring a smile to someone who deserves it. Thanks for allowing us to play and style you the aligned bouquet. Every client is important to us. Whether you call, order online or walk in- we wish you to feel good.


Mark’s Gardens – Great Hall
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13838 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Mark’s Garden is known for designing high end and celebrity events including the Governors Ball at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and recently, the weddings of Idina Menzel & Aaron Lohr, Jimmy Kimmel & Molly McNearney, and Russell Westbrook & Nina Earl.  Mark’s Garden is a favorite florist for celebrities such as Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Fergie and many more.


Matisse Flowers – Kitchen
Reuben Ramirez
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By appointment only.

Established in 1986, Matisse Flowers has emerged as one of Southern California’s premier floral design talents. Founder and designer, self-taught artist Reuben Ramirez, brings a unique, personal style to every Matisse Flowers project, from a single arrangement to an elaborate wedding. Mr. Ramirez’s unmatched artistry, sense of color, and his insistence on using only the freshest, most unusual flowers have won him many selective clients. Los Angeles Magazine named Matisse Flowers as one of the top 10 florists in Los Angeles and Orange County


Moon Canyon Designs – Back Terrace Entry
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3520 Council Street, Unit C
Los Angeles, CA  90004

At Moon Canyon, our primary focus is on working collaboratively with our clients, crafting floral works that enhance private spaces, elevator public events and express a wide variety of emotions. Guided by our creative director, Kristen Caissie, we oversee everything from initial concept to selection of flowers, to the final details of arrangements, design and delivery.

Our goal is, always, to listen closely and from there —  explore, imagine and manifest.  For us, working with flowers is much more than merely creating a stunning centerpiece or dreaming up a delicate bouquet. Instead, we tell stories with our work, and with every client, there is the opportunity to embark on a fresh adventure — to create mood and craft a tale, celebrate the beauty and embrace the senses.


Mr. B’s Flowers – Pool Pavilion
Beverly Hassan
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7217 Corbin Avenue
Winnetka, CA  91306

Quality of service is a top priority. We do offer exceptional floral service because we are florists. We are a true “brick and mortar” established florist. We’ve been in business since 1974 at our same location in Canoga Park, California. Your order will be taken care of personally by the knowledgeable staff trained in our shop.


Return to Eden – Library
Andrey Yun
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Born in Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Andrey Yun traveled and worked around the world before settling down in America. Yearning to pursue his passion in horticulture and landscape design, Andrey researched garden estates and parks. He came across the Virginia Robinson Gardens website and was so impressed by what he read about the Gardens, that he called and made an appointment to meet with Superintendent Timothy Lindsay. Upon their meeting and with the generous cooperation of the Southern California Horticulture Society, Tim offered Andrey the first paying internship. Andrey assists with fine gardening, pruning, plant care, fertilization, and new plant installation.

Now a consultant to the Friends of Robinson Gardens, Andrey Yun is a true asset to Virginia Robinson Gardens. He is extraordinarily talented, and in the words of Garden Tour co-chair Patti Reinstein, “Andrey is our resident genius and design assistant. There is nothing he cannot do artistically.”



Rolling Greens Nursery – Lily Pond
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9528 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City CA 90232
7505 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036

Rolling Greens original nursery location sits on 2 secluded acres nestled in the hills of Culver City, complemented with breathtaking views of the city of Los Angeles. This location boasts eight greenhouses that cover four terraced levels and house seasonal blooming color, topiaries, exotic orchids, exterior plants, cacti, succulents and foliage from tropical lands in the U.S.A. A series of enclosed warehouses hold over ten thousand square feet of antiques, eclectic found objects, fountains, baskets, decorative stones and seasonal home accessories, ranging from holiday ornaments to artificial greenery.

In 2009, Rolling Greens opened its second location in the historic Town Tire Co. building on Beverly Blvd in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. This location is all about the home; from the remarkable assortment of containers and planted arrangements to one-of-a-kind found objects, furniture, candles, gifts and pantry must-haves, our assortment does not disappoint! The Arrangement Bar is also featured at this location where our Baristas create unique planted living + faux arrangements in collaboration with our customers. Our Los Angeles location has quickly established itself as a premier destination for those searching for something unique, original and new.


Peter Otero for Silver Birches – Concierge
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650 S Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105626-524-9231

My approach to the design process, be it floral or event design, is unique in that I believe both to be living art.

Florals are complementary and evoke feeling as do events which are engaging and experiential. The two complement and support each other to further strengthen the overall creative intention.

The opportunity and ability to do both well while keeping a tight aesthetic grip on the creative is what gives us the unique edge we are known for.


Sweet Pea’s Custom Floral – Dining Room and Ivo’s Office
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9709 W. Olympic Blvd., #1
Beverly Hills, CA  90212

Owner Corey shares, “We specialize in custom design for a discerning clientele. Preferring quality over quantity, our designs are sophisticated, using beautiful hand selected blooms.”


Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery – Front Terrace
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1905 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Yamaguchi Nursery is a second generation family-owned business specializing in bonsai, but we stand out for so much more,” states Marianne.  “We seek out the best quality plant material for every garden style—from classic to contemporary—as well as an extensive selection of new and unusual plant introductions.  You’ll find drought-tolerant plants from Mediterranean regions around the world, fabulous succulents, pottery, statuary and so much more. And our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help guide your selection of the perfect items for your garden.”


Post by Linda Meadows
Friends of Robinson Gardens Board Member

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