Zehana Interiors: 30th Annual Garden Tour

VIRGINIA ROBINSON GARDENS 30TH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR

Zehana Interiors, May 2018

 

The Virginia Robinson Gardens is the earliest estate in Beverly Hills, California. It was the private residence of Virginia Dryden Robinson. The 30th Annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate collaborated with Sunset magazine on May 19, 2018 for the Garden Tour. The outside gardens were all magical and reflect very different eras of Virginia’s long tenure in Beverly Hills, from the Moorish Mansion of the 20’s to the Little Holmby Florentine Villa, replete with “antiquities,” to the Mid-Century Modern around the corner from Virginia’s fabled grounds. The Concierge … Read More

Blue Haired Blonde: Virginia Robinson Gardens

MRS. ROBINSON, HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

By Robin Venturelli, July 12, 2017

 

Mrs. Virginia Robinson, a wealthy philanthropist a wife of Harry Robinson, of the Robinsons department stores, built the first historic estate in Beverly Hills in 1911. The main house was designed by architect Nathaniel Dryden, who was Virginia’s father, in a Beaux Arts style. Today the six-acre property contains the original home, pool pavilion (for both shooting pool and relaxing after swimming in the pool) and extensive gardens. Within the six designated gardens, one can enter the Australian King Palm Forest, the Rose Garden, and the … Read More

Private Newport: Wit & Whimsy

WIT AND WHIMSEY IN THE GARDEN

By Bettie Bearden Pardee, June 20, 2017

I just welcomed my first garden visitors of the summer, the lovely ladies of the Virginia Robinson Garden in Beverly Hills, led by my dear friend, Jeanne Anderson. Their gracious thank you gifts touched me deeply, but there was one that really tugged at my heartstrings — tablecloths inspired by the iconic wallpaper of banana leaves in the famous Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel. How many lunches, cocktails and dinners I have enjoyed in that special setting (starting with my father’s surprise 50th birthday party … Read More

Los Angeles Times: 30th Annual Garden Tour

IT’S THE MOST EXCLUSIVE, LAVISH – AND PRICEY! – GARDEN TOUR OF THEM ALL

By Jeanette Marantos, May 11, 2018

Garden tours are a lovely dime a dozen in Southern California, but leave it to Virginia Robinson, the fabled first lady of Beverly Hills, to inspire a daylong extravaganza that incorporates sumptuous food, fashion and floral design with tours of her historic mansion and gardens as well as other Beverly Hills gardens, some so exclusive their owners are unnamed.

Of course, the 30th annual Virginia Robinson Gardens tour costs $250 to $500 — far more than a dime, But the … Read More

Ciao Domenica: All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Jane Austen

ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM JANE AUSTIN

By Dan Ahwa, February 16, 2020

I have always loved the novels of Jane Austen. My favorites are “Emma,” “Pride and Prejudice,” and “Sense and Sensibility.” I have often been amazed that a woman who rarely ventured beyond her small village in England could write about important issues filtered through the microcosm of her small, circumscribed world. She wrote with humor, irony, and sharp insights into human nature and filled her novels with unforgettable characters.

When I heard that UCLA professor Charles Linwood Batten was giving a talk on … Read More

Ciao Domenica: Fall Entertaining & Oeufs a la Neige

FALL ENTERTAINING AND OEUFS A LA NEIGE

By Sunday Taylor, October 15, 2010

I cannot resist a cooking class called “Fall Entertaining.” And so yesterday I found myself at the beautiful Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. The wonderful Peggy Dark of The Kitchen for Exploring Foods in Pasadena was teaching the class. For those of us in Los Angeles and Pasadena, she is our very own Barefoot Contessa. Warm and engaging, she cooks delicious, unfussy, comfort food and is one of the most popular and successful caterers in Southern California. During the class I felt as if I was … Read More

Harper’s Bazaar: The Luxury Guide to Beverly Hills

Take a breather by visiting one of LA’s hidden gems – the beautiful Virginia Robinson Gardens. Built in 1911, the Robinson mansion (home to Virginia and Harry Robinson of the Robinson department stores) was one of the first ever luxury homes in Beverly Hills, playing host to legendary parties regularly frequented by the Hollywood elite – from Charlie Chaplin and Elvis Presley to Fred Astaire and Sophia Loren. Today, the unique estate hosts private events, weddings, photoshoots and tours of the spectacular grounds; featuring a breathtaking array of flora and fauna. Following the passing of Virginia Robinson, the estate was … Read More

The New York Times: Fives Places to Visit in Beverly Hills

FIVE PLACES TO VISIT IN BEVERLY HILLS

By Alex Schechter, January 4, 2019

Beverly Hills is an expensive place with a village-like charm, but it pays to know where to go. Cash Black, a bartender at one of its hot spots, shares his favorites. Beverly Hills is more approachable than you might expect for a ZIP code typically associated with Lamborghinis and reality stars. It has a surprising number of sidewalk cafes and swaths of greenery. That village-like charm, coupled with residents’ famously refined palates, is what attracted Cash Black to the area seven years ago. “Jewelry. Cars. Wine. Beverly … Read More

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