Holiday Decorating with Brad Austin

Holiday Decorating with Brad Austin

The holiday season got off to a great start with a class by Brad Austin of Imaginative Florals and Events. An award-winning florist, Brad has created flower designs for over 60 films and 25 television shows. His work on the “The Young and the Restless,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” has won him recognition for his contributions to the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement  in the Art Director/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series for four years. In addition, we are proud that Brad will be designing the Concierge Area for this year’s Masterpiece … Read More

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions

Bill Dedman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune gave a fascinating lecture on this shy, reclusive heiress. The daughter of one of the richest men in America, W.A. Clark who made a fortune from copper mining, was born in Paris in 1906. In 1925, she graduated from Spence, was a debutante, and was married briefly for 2 years. She was an artist, patron and collector. She loved collecting antique French dolls and doll houses, and was fascinated by Japanese history. An accomplished and … Read More

The History of Beverly Hills

The History of Beverly Hills

The official historian of Beverly Hills, and husband of past President of the Friends Jeanne Anderson, Robert S. Anderson gave a colorful lecture on this iconic city’s history. His new book Beverly Hills: The First 100 Years is beautifully illustrated with stunning vintage and color photographs of the city and its famous inhabitants. Known as Mr. Beverly Hills, Robert had a formidable great-grandmother, Margaret Anderson, who owned and operated the Hollywood Hotel.  There were 26 rooms in 1902, and in over 10 years, the hotel grew to 250 rooms. As fewer than 6 houses had … Read More

The Art of Water

The Art of Water

James Garland, the founder of Fluidity, a water-based design and engineering firm, gave a spectacular lecture on fountains and water features through the ages. The designer of the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Jim also showed us contemporary projects he designed in Dubai, China, and South Korea among other destinations.

Jim went on a “fountain safari,” to study water features worldwide. The pool at the Taj Mahal is quite thin. But it is just long and wide enough to reflect this magnificent building.  The water gardens at the Alhambra in Spain are one … Read More

Donor Tree

Donor Tree

The Friends of Robinson Gardens is honoring its most generous donors by memorializing their contributions on its new Donor Tree. The idea for the Donor Tree came from Ann Petersen who believes that donors are the very lifeblood of any charitable organization and deserve permanent recognition. A committee was formed including Ann, Evelyn Carlson, Jeanne Anderson, Maralee Beck, and Kerstin Royce to find a suitable way to thank our donors.

Tim Lindsay suggested that we consider using the wrought iron tree ornament that Virginia had placed on the wall of the back terrace of the house as an … Read More

27th Garden Tour Masterpiece Participating Florists

Participating Florists

Beverly Hills Flower Gallery

Beverly Hills Garden Club

Botanical Artists Guild

Brad Austin


Dirt Diva Design

Eric Solberg

Flora Lux

Greenwood Gardens

Jamie Wolf

Linda McKendry Design

Lotus & Lily Floral Events

Luna Gardens Events

Menuah Flowers

Pasadena Garden Club

Santa Barbara Garden Club

Secret Garden

Silver Birches

Sweet Pea Custom Florals

Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery

Participating Designers



Contemporary Catering

Grande Maison de Blanc

Kassandra Cambas

Kathleen Spiegelman

Kenneth Boyer

Linda McKendry


Lori Piana Interiors


Nicole Antoine/Frette


Peach Fuzzies Provided By

Tito’s Handmade Vodka


Wine Tasting Provided By

Hearst Ranch Winery

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Wreath Decorating Holiday Party

Wreath Decorating Holiday Party

Brad Austin’s hands-on wreath decorating class became a sell-out after his beautiful floral demonstration class in November. The Pool Pavilion was filled with the scent of fresh pine as Brad taught the group how to decorate fresh wreaths with battery-operated light packs. Each participant created her own unique style using a variety of decorations supplied by Brad. Choices included everything from earthy pine cones and berries to shiny ribbons, festive ornaments and feathers.

The luncheon tables were beautifully decorated with lovely, reusable holiday gift boxes designed by Laureen Bozajian from Gift Box Wrapsody. Laureen and Brad … Read More

New Members Join the Friends

Susan Rosenthal and Patti Reinstein chaired a delightful and lovely reception given to welcome ten new members to Robinson Gardens. The luncheon was given at the beautiful home of past President Claudia Deutsch outside in her rose garden. The tables were covered with yellow tablecloths and beautiful centerpieces of a watering can filled with yellow sunflowers and green hydrangeas. The dining table at Claudia’s home was also decorated with exquisite silver lent for the occasion by Christofle. The Friends members were asked to submit their photographs of Virginia Robinson Gardens for an exhibition at the luncheon; Joan Selwyn, Suz Landay, … Read More

Hands-On Science Education for Children at the Virginia Robinson Gardens


The County of Los Angeles and the Friends of Robinson Gardens are very proud of their hands-on Science Education Program for children.

Held at Virginia Robinson Gardens, the visit includes a tour of five distinct gardens. The gardens are themed with a variety of rare and exotic plant species. The tour complements California’s third grade science curriculum.  The program is free of charge for grades 2 through 4 and is available year-round with transportation and snacks included.

The students learn through hands-on experience by finding, identifying, seeing, feeling, tasting, and smelling plants.  They also … Read More

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