August 2020 Happenings
Every month, we are highlighting “Our Garden Tour Stars” — landscape architects, florists, and interior designers who have participated in our annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. We want to let you know about these very talented designers, their inspirations, and their creations.
This month, we are featuring internationally renowned landscape architect Pamela Burton.
We asked her these five questions:
1. What garden changed your life or made an impact on you?
My understanding of art and architecture was completely transformed when, at twenty-two years old, I took time off from studying architecture at UCLA to visit Kyoto.… Read More
Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
These days, there is a strong preoccupation with tomorrow. Questions like, “When will we get a vaccine?” or “When will life return to some form of normal?” dominate nearly every headline. And while the often-devastating news rages on outside our doors, many of us remain at home, hoping for a brighter tomorrow.… Read More
Part 1: Virginia Forms her Style in Early Los Angeles
Virginia Robinson came to this area as a small child. Because Los Angeles was at a pivotal growth moment ready to burst into a bustling city, she had a tremendous opportunity to help shape the development of this nascent area into a major metropolis with a rich cultural climate. What she did growing up was reported frequently in the newspaper in large part because of her family’s position in the community. Virginia’s two most important early influences were her father, Nathanial Dryden, and her uncle, Leslie Brand. Her father was an architectural designer and builder who had a significant influence on her sense of style. Her uncle, a colorful man who gained great success in his many business pursuits and much notoriety for his glamorous lifestyle, played an influential role in her own business interests as well as her love of living grandly.… Read More
Offer a Powerful Sense of Transcendence and Tranquility Today we highlight the various water features created by the Kamins in their historic estate in Beverly Hills. The water features throughout the Kamins’ garden are bountiful, beautiful, and intriguing. There’s a sense of discovery and anticipation as you round each bend in the garden path. As you transverse the Kamins’ garden there’s a fresh perspective as each water feature reveals itself individually. Yet, there’s a connectiveness as they evoke the qualities of music. Collectively, they sound like a symphony. Some water features are abstract and metaphorical, providing hidden patterns of pure emotion! Touring the Kamins’ garden with a focus on the many wonderful water features is truly experiential, providing a sense of excitement and discovery. Longtime benefactors Dorothy & Phil Kamins live in the landmarked Helms Estate. While the home was built by the bakery mogul who brought the first Olympics…
Each month we spotlight a volunteer, staff member, docent, donor, or sponsor of Virginia Robinson Gardens (VRG) — those that have made an impact on the organization. We want to let you know about these wonderful people and corporations that give so much to the Virginia Robinson Gardens and to the community, and what they do that is so impactful.
This month, we spotlight Janice Jerde, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens Board Member and a committee member of Premier Events. She has helped Fellows Chair Jeanne Anderson with many exciting events.… Read More