ABC News: See This, Skip That – Beverly Hills




By Gabe Saglie and TravelZoo, December 6, 2014

Few cities conjure up images of glitz and glam like Beverly Hills. This ritzy enclave in the heart of L.A. is replete with recognizable landmarks and popular things to do, of course. But there’s plenty more going on beyond the five-star veneer. Consider these things to do next time you visit the so-called Garden Spot of the World.

Skip Beverly Gardens, Visit Robinson Beverly Gardens Park is a landmark here — a 2-mile, 22-block park along Santa Monica Blvd. that’s ideal for joggers and photo takers (the famed Beverly Hills Sign lives here). But for a unique garden experience, call ahead and schedule a docent-led tour of Robinson Gardens, on Elden Way, near the Beverly Hills Hotel. The former estate of socialite Virginia Robinson (of Robinsons-May department stores fame) was one of the first homes in Beverly Hills and spans more than six acres. Today, it houses five distinct gardens of rare plants, exotic flowers and flowing fountains; the Kitchen Garden features herbs and vegetables while the Rose Garden is home to wide array of heirlooms.

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