Fellows Enjoy Enchanted Evening at the Pavilion San Rafael

Fellows Enjoy Enchanted Evening at the Pavilion San Rafael

The Fellows of Virginia Robinson Gardens were treated to an unbelievably beautiful evening at Pavilion San Rafael, the home of Regina and Bruce Drucker in Pasadena. The invitation referenced an ancient Roman festival called Floralia that was held in honor of the goddess Flora. Accordingly, many of the ladies wore floral “tiaras” and flowers in their hair. Even the antique sculptures in the garden were adorned with cascading vines and wreaths.

The gardens, so lush and welcoming, meandered around the house, with many niches to sit and contemplate the beauty … Read More

Pop for the People: Fellows Tour of the Lichtenstein Exhibit at the Skirball Center

Pop for the People: Fellows Tour of the Roy Lichtenstein Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center

Fellows of Virginia Robinson Gardens got to see first-hand what the Skirball Cultural Center has to offer during their tour on Tuesday, February 28th. The program began with Jocelyn Tetel, VP of Advancement, greeting the group of 20 before we toured the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition “Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.”

21 years since its founding, Skirball Cultural Center continues to carry out effectively its philosophy to “welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery … Read More

The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills with Jeff Hyland

The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills with Jeff Hyland

Real estate magnate and architectural historian Jeff Hyland presented a fabulous lecture on his book Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills to the Fellows at Virginia Robinson Gardens. Legendary in his own right, Jeff is co-owner of Hilton and Hyland, and is a founding member of Christie’s International Real Estate. He has been the recipient of many awards and has been incredibly generous to and supportive of Virginia Robinson Gardens. In 2013, he received Robinson Garden’s highest honor – the “Spirit of Beverly Hills Award.” Maralee Beck enthused, “He knows so much … Read More

Fellows Enjoy Tour of Ojai Gardens

Fellows Enjoy Tour of Ojai Gardens

Nestled among the Topatopa Mountains of central Ventura County, Ojai is not only home to many beautiful ranches and orchards, but also architectural gems of quaint bungalows and historical homes. On November 3rd, the Fellows of Virginia Robinson Gardens caravanned north to the crisp peaks along the Pacific coast, for a day of visual stimulation of captivating landscape designs containing flora both indigenous and extraneous.

The tour began with a stop at Gwynne Cottage owned by motion picture and television actress Kitty Winn. The charming cottage was built by the owner of the Ojai … Read More

2016 Fellows Dinner

Annual Fellows Dinner at Virginia Robinson Gardens

Attended by 51 distinguished members, the annual Fellows Dinner was held at the legendary Virginia Robinson estate. The donor recognition dinner began with cocktails served on the Great Lawn Patio. While socializing, guests relaxed on the newly donor-sponsored patio furniture. Musicians played a soothing violin and cello duet in the Yellow Salon of the stately home.

When called to dinner, guests chose where to dine between three beautifully decorated rooms: the Loggia, Formal Dining Room, or Entry Hall. Each room was adorned with elegant floral arrangements that were freshly clipped from the garden. … Read More

Fellows Tour of New Orleans

Fellows Tour of New Orleans April 2016

Fabulous Gardens, Architecture and Food!

Fellows member Janice Jerde, on the Tulane University School of Architecture Advisory Board, arranged an incredible tour of New Orleans and upriver plantations for the Fellows. Professor John Stubbs, Christovich Senior Professor of Practice and Director of the Masters of Preservation Studies Program at the Tulane School of Architecture, also helped with the arrangements and accompanied us throughout the tour, providing interesting detail and insight into the architecture and history of New Orleans. Through Janice and John, we were invited to tour and have cocktails at private homes … Read More

Fellows Broad Museum

Make a Day of It: L.A.’s Broad Museum

25 Fellows were inspired by a recent tour of The Broad Art Museum in February. Home to the 2,000 plus works of art in the Eli and Edythe Broad collection. Diller Scofidio and Renfro in collaboration with Gentler designed this contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles. With its innovative “veil and vault” concept, the 120,000 square foot, $140 million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase the Broads comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library.

Contemporary just means, “art that has Read More

Fellows Malibu Tour 2015

Fellows visit Butterfly House, Hayman’s Hideaway, and Malibu Colony Modern

A recent outing by the Fellows took them to three spectacular gardens near and on the beach in Malibu. The weather was fair and the sea air sultry. Each garden offered a different design style to experience and gather inspiration from, as “Fellows” heard the story of how the garden was created. The narrative of each garden lead to discovery, as the visual language of each site spoke to the viewer, while they heard the various solutions employed by the designer to solve the sites challenges.

The first property, the … Read More

May 2015 Fellows Tour Martha Karsh’s Tower Grove Garden

May 2015 Fellows Tour Martha Karsh’s Tower Grove Garden:

When Martha and I first explored the property, the grounds epitomized a garden overgrown. We hiked through a koelreuteria forest, tangles of vines and lava rock ruins. No views, no flat area but there was character to the lay of the land that hinted at its potential. In the midst of this a stand of beautiful mature sycamores stood out, presiding over the entry drive – so that is where we started.

The main lawn level was built first to extend the house with a wide back terrace, a lawn raised … Read More

Turner at the Getty

Turner at the Getty

If you’re in the mood to be captivated by Modern art,  go see the exhibition “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free” at the Getty Center.  The Fellows of VRG were warmly welcomed by James Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust on March 3, 2015.

It was a magnificent visit.  The exhibition is jointly organized with London’s Tate Britain Museum where it was seen last fall and the de Young Museum in San Francisco where it travels in June.

It’s Abstraction at its best.  Turner reveals his interpretation of pastoral Europe and its journey … Read More

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