Alstroemeria - Lily of the Incas
This beautiful bloom symbolizes friendship, love, strength, and devotion.
When we think of summer, we think of brightly colored umbrellas on the beach, picnics, longer days, sunflowers, sunscreen, and weekend trips. At the Gardens, bright colors mimic those multi-colored beach umbrellas with five-foot-high, bright burnt orange alstroemerias standing tall amongst the other many colored flowers in the beds lining the Great Lawn. Over in the cutting garden, the roses are in their last full bloom before the first fade of color of the fall. Along with the roses are staked dahlias, a new addition to the garden, in lavender, deep pinks, rich burgundy, and variegated red and yellow, reminding us of all the hues of summer.
Our vegetable garden is producing strawberries, grapes, and eggplants. The chickens are especially happy with these long, lazy summer days and are laying their eggs. Our cockatiels and parakeets splash in their birdbath in their shaded aviary. Charlie the catfish stays under the duck house during the heat of the day only to immerge in the cool of the evening. And Harry the Cat suns himself in the morning and takes his nap in the afternoon under the Coral Tree.
After a brief rest, Friends’ volunteers are beginning to gear up for the fall. Our Children’s Virtual Science Program Committee will begin working on our third unit of this program, focusing on life in the Children’s Wildlife Pond. We are also waiting for the return of the children to the Gardens to resume our science visitation tours. These two programs together will be serving 3,000 to 4,000 children a year.
Educational classes and lectures are in the process of being planned for the fall and spring on a variety of topics. Watch your emails for the invitations to these events. The Archival Committee continues to sort and preserve Virginia Robinson’s memorabilia and the HALS (Historic American Landscape Survey) project continues to document the original design of the Gardens.
Our new book club, Tea, Scones & Reading Group, has had its first meeting at the Gardens. The book club is open to new members and will be held quarterly. Announcements will be sent in plenty of time for you to read the book. Books are chosen with relevance to the Robinson family and their estate.
As you can see, the Gardens are open and stirring. Come and visit us. Consider joining with a Society membership. Not only will you be supporting our gardens and programs, but you will receive free admission for a docent-led tour of the Gardens depending on your level of membership. Please go to the website to join or to schedule a tour. (We follow all County-mandated Covid-19 restrictions.)
Enjoy the last burst of summer!
Betty Rodriguez Goldstein
President of the Friends of Robinson Gardens