How does a public garden make a "house call" in reverse? In these strange days, it seems appropriate that the Virginia Robinson Gardens, the LA County facility located behind the Beverly Hills Hotel, has put together a floral tribute to our medical heroes. It takes the form of a nurse, our front liners -- complete with stethoscope but made completely out of succulents -- whose work has been invaluable to our immediate community. Appropriately, it was installed on June 1,2020, at the Healing Garden of Cedars-Sinai, where staff, patients in both towers, and visitors can look out to the plaza, or walk over to it, to smile at the floral interpretation of a thank-you to our dedicated health providers.
This floral Florence Nightingale was designed by one of the VRG's talented gardeners, Andrey Yun, & was suggested by Kerstin Royce, then conceived & produced by Friends members Jeanne Anderson & Maralee Beck. Suz Landay painted our lace on burlap signs. Stalwart VRG Curator April Walton, who worked (like many of the County staff) all through the pandemic, has added a new task: helping maintain our succulent sweetie with transfusions of essentials fluids (water!) to keep her lively as summer sizzles.
We invited our neighbor, the Beverly Hills Hotel, to join with us as we presented our thank-you. Providing a cookie from their fabled bakery made a sweet treat for the staffers to accompany our Nurse of Thanks. The tribute will remain on the Plaza for as long as the plants stay healthy so that people may visit, take photos, and know how much the workers at the hospital are appreciated.
One amusing footnote: when we ordered the stethoscope, we didn't know they come in many colors. We picked orange to go with the succulents. Amazon filled our order OVERNIGHT! They must have thought that we needed it immediately for work. We choose to think we got such superb service because it was going to the heroes who DO the vital tasks.
Post by Maralee Beck
Friends of Robinson Gardens Board Member