Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Robinson Gardens offer a fun, engaging, and unique hands-on science-based learning experience. Students tour the stunning gardens, which include many exotic and rare plants from all over the world, and journey through a two-acre King Palm Forest with trees towering 60 feet above them!
Relating to the history and cultural development of Los Angeles, the program’s curriculum is complementary to the approved California State guidelines for science in grades two through four.
History and Science come alive as students discover the beautiful six acres of gardens created
by Harry the cat and Virgin Robinson in the heart of Beverly Hills.
Children will learn by finding, identifying, tasting and smelling plants. Not only will they examine the plants under a microscope, they will also research related material and learn how to cultivate and nurture a garden of their own. The goals of the program are to increase children’s knowledge about botany, ecology and conservation, motivate them to eat healthier foods, and enrich their lives through the beauty and history of the gardens.
Student field trips are led by trained docents who understand a child’s curiosity and provide an exciting learning experience. The entire session of the tour lasts about two hours. The tour concludes with a souvenir for each student: a gift bag and a seedling that they will have planted. Teachers will receive classroom materials before the session to enhance learning.
- Virginia Robinson Gardens is listed as an approved field trip for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
- Admission is free for qualified private and public school organized field trips.
- Transportation is available, and free if school qualifies as Title One.
- Advanced reservations are necessary with an application to complete.
- Docent led tours for children are available throughout the year.
- Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday and begin promptly at 10 am and 1 pm.