The Friends of Robinson Gardens is so grateful to the extremely talented floral designers who will enchant your senses by transforming the rooms of Virginia Robinson’s home into settings of dazzling beauty for the 31th annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate on May 18, 2019. Don’t miss this breathtaking event where the florists will interpret the theme: “Oh! Naturale.”
Each florist is listed alphabetically along with the room/area they are decorating so that you will know where to find them when you visit the Showcase Estate at Robinson Gardens on Garden Tour day.
Arts District Florals is a botanical design studio specializing in exquisite floral creations & stunning botanical experiences. Marrying the principles of color theory & floral symbolism, each design is specially crafted to complement the client’s aesthetic sensibility and personal style. Each creation is meticulously curated by founder & designer Sophie Sikora, who hand-selects each blossom and personally works with clients. The personal care provided ensures that each arrangement is unique and exquisite – and is guaranteed to wow upon arrival. 818-442-1175. www.artsdistrictflorals.com Arts District Florals will be located in the Guest Bedroom and Bathroom of the VRG home.
The Bel Air Garden Club is filled with wonderful women who love their gardens. We share tips on techniques for better roses, when to plant our bulbs, and how to feed organically. Trips are planned to visit some of the most beautiful gardens all over the world, with sojourns to Seattle and Victoria. The Bel Air Garden Club will be located in the Pool Pavilion of the VRG home.
Celio’s Design specializes in custom wedding design, ranging from urban vintage to modern romance. All designs are created with artisan craftsmanship. From approachable refinement to chic sophistication, Celio’s Design delivers impeccable floral and event design that will awe your guests giving you complete peace of mind and a day to be remembered. 323-356-6466. www.celiodesign.com. Celio’s Design will be located in the Concierge area.
Flowermaid is a floral design boutique that specializes on event flower design. We can focus 100% of our attention on our clients’ event needs and visions without being distracted by the usual retail store business. We love to fine-tune flower colors for any given occasion and create arrangements with a very natural feel, free-flowing and romantic. 310-305-8992. www.flowermaid.com. Flowermaid will be located in the Loggia of the VRG home.
FlowerSchool Los Angeles is LA’s premier floral design school. We specialize in hands-on training, utilizing the industry’s best production practices. Programs range from beginner open studios to workshops and professional development series. We also offer private classes and events, business consultations and host a handful of immersive travel programs thought the year. (213) 935-8445. www.flowerschoolla.com. FlowerSchool will be located in the Library of the VRG home.
The objectives of the Garden Club of Santa Barbara are to stimulate the knowledge and enjoyment of gardening and flower arranging, to aid in the protection of native plants and wildlife, to encourage historic preservation, and to support civic beautification and planting. www.flowerschoolla.com. The Garden Club of Santa Barbara will be located in the Pool Pavilion of the VRG home.
George Ortega has been in the flower industry for 18 years; he is a visionary and innovative designer when it comes to flowers and design concepts. He is the Creative Floral Director for Square Root and the in-house florist at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel. firstname.lastname@example.org. George Ortega will be located in the Living Room of the VRG home.
George’s Garden | Los Angeles, is a full-service Event & Floral Design company and serves as the current in-house florist for a prestigious country club in the Los Angeles area, various Douglas Emmett offices in Beverly Hills, All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, St. James Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, St. John Cathedral, and Aviron Pictures. George draws inspiration from old world and new world styles of floral arranging. He picks unique, fun, and “romantic” flowers for each of his clients, making sure that each time they’re not just satisfied, but in complete awe of what they’re presented with. 310-384-0409. www.georgesgardenla.com. George’s Garden will be located in the Dining Room of the VRG home.
Greenwood Garden finds, breeds, and grows regionally superior perennials for California landscape professionals and avid gardeners. 532-494-8944. www.greenwoodgarden.com. Greenwood Garden will be located in the Kitchen Patio of the VRG home.
Inner Gardens is an extraordinary residential garden design and interior landscape company, designing gardens for some of the most beautiful homes in the world. Our Culver City showroom houses world-class art for the garden and a curated collection of the finest garden furnishings and accessories. At Inner Gardens, you find passion, heart, and hand visible and palpable in everything we do. 310-838-8378. www.intergardens.com. Inner Gardens will be located in the Front Pathway of the VRG home.
Jamie Wolf shares, “In my own designs I tend to pay particular attention to the relationship between the flowers and their container. In my designs for the Garden Tour, I try to take maximum advantage of the wonderful legacy contained in Mrs. Robinson’s pantry. At home, I like to utilize what’s seasonably available in the garden… tulips, roses and dahlias are the foundational elements as they come into and out of bloom… and I tend towards billowiness and abundance.” Jamie Wolf will be located in the Master Bath of the VRG home.
According to Joshua Johnston, “The 1200 square foot Kitchen Vegetable Garden is 100% organic with three traditional compost bins and three worm compost bins. We grow seasonally appropriate vegetables, and we also grow flowers that attract pollinators and control undesirable insects. There is an orchid greenhouse and a chicken coop with four hens that provide fresh eggs daily. As the Grounds Caretaker, I am responsible for tending to the vegetable garden and the chickens and consider myself an urban farmer of sorts.” 424-202-4271. email@example.com. Joshua Johnston will be located in the Kitchen Garden of the VRG home.
Creating magnificent floral displays, Le Jardin Privé is a custom floral boutique specializing in unique, one of a kind floral designs highlighting creativity and artistic expression. When receiving an arrangement from Le Jardin Privé, recipients say it was an experience of such beauty that will long linger in their hearts. 818-625-5243. www.lejardinprive.com. Le Jardin Privé will be located in Ivo’s Office and the Pantry of the VRG home.
Louesa Roebuck considers all of California her home, and happily divides her time between the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Currently living in Ojai, she has created floral installations for Vivienne Westwood, John Baldesarri, Todd Selby, Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Rintaro, and Carolyn Murphy for Vogue and House Beautiful. Her floral work has been featured in a number of national and international magazines and media, including Vogue, C Magazine, Edible Selby, Remodelista, Bare Journal, Sunset, Martha Stewart Living, and the Los Angeles Times. Louesa@louesaroebuck.com. Louesa Roebuck will be located in the Front Entrance and Foyer of the VRG home.
Louesa’s new book Foraged Flora is a gorgeously photographed new take on flower arranging using local and foraged plants and flowers to create beautiful arrangements, with ideas and inspiration for the whole year. Whether picking a small tendril of fragrant jasmine, collecting oversized branches of flowering quince, or making a garland of bay laurel, Foraged Flora is an invitation to seek out the beauty of the natural world. Click here for book link.
Luna Gardens’ priority is to provide its clients an exceptional floral experience whether it is for a dream wedding or intimate dinner party. 310-281-2565. www.lunagardensevents.com. Luna Gardens Events will be designing the Grand Reserve Table.
Founder and designer, self-taught artist Reuben Ramirez brings a unique, personal style to every Matisse Flowers project, from a single arrangement to an elaborate wedding. Mr. Ramirez’s unmatched artistry, stunning sense of color, and his insistence on using only the freshest, most unusual flowers have won him many selective clients. “Los Angeles Magazine” named Matisse Flowers as one of the top 10 florists in Los Angeles and Orange County. 323-422-9130. firstname.lastname@example.org. Matisse Flowers will be located in the Kitchen of the VRG home.
Whether it’s a gift you are looking for, flowers for your home or workspace, or creative direction and floral design for your wedding or next big event, Nicolai Bergmann Flowers and Design will capture your imagination and ensure you are provided not just with flowers – but an experience. 424-522-4020. www.nicolaibergmann.com Nicolai Bergmann Flowers and Design will be located on the patio of the VRG home.
Born in Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Andrey Yun of Return to Eden traveled and worked around the world before settling down in America. Yearning to pursue his passion in horticulture and landscape design, Andrey researched garden estates and parks. He came across the Virginia Robinson Gardens website and was so impressed by what he read about the Gardens, that he called and made an appointment to meet with Superintendent Timothy Lindsay. Upon their meeting and with the generous cooperation of the Southern California Horticulture Society, Tim offered Andrey the first paying internship. Andrey assists with fine gardening, pruning, plant care, fertilization, and new plant installation.
Now a consultant to the Friends of Robinson Gardens, Andrey Yun is a true asset to Virginia Robinson Gardens. He is extraordinarily talented, and in the words of President Patti Reinstein, “Andrey is our resident genius and design assistant. There is nothing he cannot do artistically.” YunAndrey28@gmail.com. Return to Eden will be located in the Master Bedroom of the VRG home.
Rolling Greens’ original nursery location sits on 2 secluded acres nestled in the hills of Culver City, complemented with breathtaking views of the city of Los Angeles. This location boasts eight greenhouses that cover four terraced levels and house seasonal blooming color, topiaries, exotic orchids, exterior plants, cacti, succulents and foliage from tropical lands in the U.S.A. A series of enclosed warehouses hold over ten thousand square feet of antiques, eclectic found objects, fountains, baskets, decorative stones and seasonal home accessories, ranging from holiday ornaments to artificial greenery.
In 2009, Rolling Greens opened its second location in the historic Town Tire Co. building on Beverly Blvd in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. This location is all about the home; from the remarkable assortment of containers and planted arrangements to one-of-a-kind found objects, furniture, candles, gifts and pantry must-haves, our assortment does not disappoint! The Arrangement Bar is also featured at this location where our Baristas create unique planted living + faux arrangements in collaboration with our customers. Our Los Angeles location has quickly established itself as a premier destination for those searching for something unique, original and new. 310-559-8656; 323-934-4500. Rolling Greens will be located in the Galleria and the Galleria Bar of the VRG home.
Roman of Roman Sacke Floral Design states, “I pride myself in customizing each design – for the person opening their front door to see a bouquet, for the couple celebrating their wedding or anniversary, for the shop owner and their clientele, or whatever reason flowers have been requested. I talk with my clients and get to know their unique tastes and styles; I want their preferences and personalities to come through in what I create.” 213-705-8618. www.romansackefloraldesign.com. Roman Sacke Floral Design will be located in the Morning Room of the VRG home.
Founded by creative duo Olya and Ana, Vine Flowers creates floral arrangements for weddings, events, film & commercial sets, and installations. Blurring the lines between modern and traditional, Vine uses flowers as a sculptural medium to create stunning works of art. Vine is excited to participate at “Oh! Naturale” and will be challenging themselves to create arrangements in an eco-friendly sustainable way without using floral foam. Ana@vineflowersla.com. Olya@vineflowersla.com. Vine Flowers will be located in the Master Bath and Dressing Room of the VRG home.
“Yamaguchi Nursery is a second generation family-owned business specializing in bonsai, but we stand out for so much more,” states Marianne. “We seek out the best quality plant material for every garden style—from classic to contemporary—as well as an extensive selection of new and unusual plant introductions. You’ll find drought-tolerant plants from Mediterranean regions around the world, fabulous succulents, pottery, statuary and so much more. And our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help guide your selection of the perfect items for your garden.” 310-473-5444. www.yamaguchinersery.com. Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery will be located near the Lily Pond in the VRG Home.
Post by Linda Meadows
Friends of Robinson Gardens Board Member