Message from President Betty Goldstein

“The brown buds thicken on the trees,

Unbound, the free streams sing,

As March leads forth across the leas

The wild and windy spring.”

-Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832-1911)

Dear Friends,

What a wonderful month March is. With March comes the first day of spring and the vernal equinox where the day and night are of equal length, a balance of light and dark.

Spring signifies the start of new beginnings. Here at our beloved Virginia Robinson Gardens, March has brought new beginnings to us as well. In the garden, we watch the tiny green buds erupt from the dormant branches of our deciduous trees, and the buds on our apple trees turn into flowers with the promise of beautiful fruit to come.

What else does March bring to our gardens?

Our Gardens are open once again. You may come and enjoy them in a safe manner under our Covid-19 protocols.

We have a virtual book event on March 11, 2021, with Sunday Taylor, author of The Anglophile’s Notebook. Please click here to register for this virtual Zoom event. As the gardens continue to reopen, we will have a meet and greet event with the author.

Daffodil near the allee of magnolia trees in the Italian Terrace Garden at VRG (Photo by Josh Johnston)

Our children’s semi-virtual science pilot program has gone to over 350 school children with many more units ready to be distributed in the weeks to come. Work on our next unit on plants is well on its way to being completed.

We are in the midst of our Society Membership drive. As a member, you are entitled to come and visit the gardens in all its spring glory, while supporting and ensuring its legacy. (See membership benefits.) Please click here to join.

And as always we are working towards the restoration and preservation of the estate, its treasures and the botanical gardens.

Please keep visiting our website as we offer more and more programs outdoors where the gardens are bountiful and will bring joy and a sense of peace to your life.

The daffodil, a bright and happy flower, is the floral emblem of March and symbolizes rebirth.

May your days be filled with light.


Betty Rodriguez Goldstein
President of the Friends of Robinson Gardens



  1. Karen Margerison
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    How do I apply for a virtual field trip for my second grade students?

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