Benefactors and Patrons visit Suzanne Reinstein for a Private Home Tour


Suzanne Rheinstein, renowned interior designer, and former Grand Marshal welcomed the Patrons and Benefactors of Robinson Gardens to a personal tour of her Georgian style home and stunning garden in Hancock Park

It’s a perennial pleasure to come into her kingdom… it does, in fact, feel like its own beautifully harmonious and intricately integrated world…and it was looking particularly wonderful this morning as we got a chance to examine things close-up, and to have Suzanne’s explanation of their provenance, as well as her truly illuminating narrative thoughts and reasoning about their placement and combinations.

It’s remarkable how innovative and individual … Read More

The Fellows Visit Kusama Exhibit at The Broad


Spend the day surrounded by art, friendship, delicious food, and the result is pure merriment.  The Fellows of Robinson Gardens were welcomed by the VSA (Visitor Services Associate) at The Broad on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017.

The Broad is a contemporary art museum, founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.  Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission to its permanent collection.  The Broad is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad Collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar … Read More

Fellows trip to “Visual Voyages” Exhibition at The Huntington Library

It takes a moment for the eye to settle on the star of the show: a Tupinamba feather cape. Originated in Brazil from the 17th century, it is over 70” high and 59” wide. The entire piece is made of feathers and nothing else. The cape is quill woven together to produce this object of art. “It’s astonishing!” beckons Catherine Hess, Interim Director of the Art Collections at The Huntington, who invited the Fellows from Robinson Gardens to a special curator-led tour on October 24th, 2017.

“Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin” illustrates the natural … Read More

Fellows Trip to Newport Rhode Island

Virginia Robinson Fellows enjoy a week of East Coast gardens

The Fellows trip to Newport, Rhode Island was an extraordinary and inspirational tour of magnificent mansions and gardens, thanks to our amazing Jeanne Anderson who organized the tour. The Fellows were also very fortunate to have the help of noted author and blogger Bettie Bearden Pardee, a resident of Newport, who graciously arranged many of the exclusive private home and garden visits that were truly spectacular. John Tschirch, an award-winning architectural historian, was our excellent guide throughout the tour.

Redwood Library

Our first evening was spent at the Redwood Library … Read More

Fellows Thank You Dinner 2017

A Golden Evening at the Fellows Thank You Dinner

Bathed in golden light, the breathtaking gardens at Virginia Robinson Gardens provided a magical setting for the annual Fellows Thank You Dinner. This party is held in appreciation of the Fellows’ generous support of the preservation of our legendary Robinson Gardens and the very popular children’s and adult education programs.

The dinner capped off a year of extraordinary events, created by our very special and talented Chair Jeanne Anderson who gives so much of herself selflessly to the Friends of Robinson Gardens. From a lovely garden tour in Ojai, a lecture … Read More

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

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