WHAT IS THE GARDEN TOUR?

F or the past twenty-nine years, the Friends of Robinson Gardens has organized the annual “…into the garden” Benefit Tour, to raise funds for the Virginia Robinson Gardens historical estate. This event is truly unique in that ticket holders have the opportunity to visit selected private home gardens rarely seen by the public. The affair peaks mid-day with a catered luncheon prepared by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods at the Virginia Robinson Gardens, at which time the Friends honor a member of the community as the Grand Marshal. Throughout the estate, ticket holders can view the mansion’s historical rooms uniquely embellished by premier interior designers and florists. The luncheon program includes a fashion show of the latest looks by Theory, as well as an opportunity to purchase unique gifts at our boutique located on the tennis courts.

This year the Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Private gardens will inspire our patrons, and a colorful boutique and bountiful buffet will ensure the loveliest day of the year at the most incredible public garden in Los Angeles County. The Friends of Robinson Gardens are thrilled to be organizing an event full of history and fresh blooms. Join us!

GRAND MARSHAL
Ron Burkle
Investor ~ Philanthropist

Ron Burkle founded The Yucaipa Companies in 1986 and is widely recognized as one of the preeminent investors in the retail, distribution, technology, entertainment, sports and hospitality industries. Ron has served as Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of numerous companies including Soho House, Golden State Foods, Dominick’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs and Food4Less.

Ron is Co-Chairman of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA and is broadly involved in the community.  He is a trustee of the Carter Center, the National Urban League, Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Ron was the Founder and Chairman of the Ralphs/Food4Less Foundation and the Fred Meyer Inc. Foundation. He was a member of the board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), KB Home (NYSE: KBH), Kaufman & Broad S.A. (Euronext: KOF), Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Music Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Ron has received numerous honors and awards including the AFL-CIO’s Murray Green Meany Kirkland Community Service Award, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Man of the Year, the Los Angeles County Boy Scouts Jimmy Stewart Person of the Year Award and the APLA Commitment to Life Award.

GARDEN TOUR PROGRAM

GARDEN TOURS BEGIN
10:00 a.m.

LUNCHEON
11:30 a.m.

FASHION SHOW BY THEORY
1:30 p.m.

BOOK SIGNINGS
1:45 p.m.

TREASURE HUNT
3:00 p.m.

OPPORTUNITY DRAWING
3:30 p.m.

MEDIA PARTNER

FASHION PARTNER

 

INSPIRATION AND SHOPPING

(click on a name to go directly to their website!)

LUNCHEON

The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

CONCIERGE AREA

Mindy Weiss Party Consultants & Mark’s Garden

FLORAL DESIGNS

ROOM DESIGNS

BOUTIQUE

BOUTIQUE

ATTENDING THE EVENT

TIMING
The Garden Tour begins on the morning of May 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., beginning with the private featured gardens. The Virginia Robinson Gardens and Estate will be open at 10:00 a.m. that day, closing at 4pm. Luncheon will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. at Robinson Gardens, including a short program honoring Ron Burkle, followed by a spectacular fashion show. If you are a VIP or Concierge ticket holder and taking one of our provided shuttles to view the private gardens, you will meet at Robinson Gardens promptly at 9:15 a.m. to board your bus.

WHAT TO WEAR
Many of our enthusiastic attendees in the past have dressed to the theme, and this year’s “Legendary Beverly Hills”  is no exception. We happily welcome attendees who are inspired by the glamour of movie stars and fashion from a bygone era ~ Beverly Hills style! Of course, it is not at all required to dress to the theme to attend. We do encourage attendees to dress comfortably with walking shoes when visiting the various gardens. Many gardens have stone paths or grass. The month of May in Southern California is typically quite warm, so be prepared with layers if the morning is cool, and we definitely recommend that attendees wear sunscreen and a hat!

GARDEN TOURS PAST
Curious about our previous garden tours? See how much fun we have! Click on a year below to view photos from our past events:
2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009       

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