October 2020 Happenings

Message from President Betty Goldstein

Photo by Joshua Johnston

Once upon a time, long, long ago, in the land of Covid lay the enchanted garden called the Virginia Robinson Gardens, where children ceased to come, learn and play, and adults no longer found solitude or enjoyed the beauty of nature.

Unfortunately, our story is not a fairy tale, but our present reality. Our estate and gardens have been closed since March. Our fundraising events have been cancelled. Our revenue has stopped. HOW CAN YOU HELP?

The month of October is the month of our membership drive. If you are not a member of our gardens, please consider joining. Membership dues are a large part of our revenue and help sustain our gardens and programs. If you are already a member, please renew, and if possible, join at a higher level. Please consider an additional donation as well. Generous past donations have enabled us to do necessary restorations and helped support our Children's Science Program which is very important to us.

We are currently developing a Children's Virtual Science Program that can be used online, in the classroom when the children return, and when life returns to normal. It will be an adjunct to our visitation program when the children can once again learn while they connect with nature.

You may join or renew on our membership page, or you may leave a message on our phone, and your call will be returned.

Please be part of the important work we do and help maintain the beauty and serenity of this wonderful estate and gardens, so we may all enjoy it once again.


Thank you and with warmest regards,

Betty Rodriguez Goldstein
President of the Friends of Robinson Gardens

Our Garden Tour Star: Krista Everage

Each month we are highlighting "Our Garden Tour Stars" -- landscape architects, florists and interior designers who have participated in our annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. We want to let you know about these very talented designers, their inspirations, and their creations.

This month, we are featuring interior designer and Friends of Robinson Gardens member Krista Everage, whose work has been published three times in Architectural Digest, once highlighting the interiors she designed for the actor Dennis Quaid!

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Fun & Games at Virginia Robinson Gardens

It's early afternoon, and you're sliding out of your tennis outfit in what Virginia calls the Playhouse (the Pool Pavilion). You think back to a few moments ago on the Robinsons' tennis court and silently reprimand yourself for forgetting to practice your backhand more. Charlie (referring, of course, to Charlie Chaplin), was much better than you remembered. Shrugging, you slip on your lunch attire (your swimsuit lay next to you ready for use this afternoon) and head out for a delicious luncheon overlooking the tennis court.

This scenario might sound like a complete fantasy, but it read like a typical day for Virginia and Harry Robinson's friends. The spirit of play was alive and well in the Robinson household. ...Read More

Spotlight on Laura Alpert

Each month we spotlight a volunteer, staff member, docent, donor, or sponsor of Virginia Robinson Gardens (VRG) -- those that have made an impact on the organization. We want to let you know about these wonderful people and corporations that give so much to the Virginia Robinson Gardens and to the community, and what they do that is so impactful.

This month, we spotlight Laura Alpert, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens Executive Board Member.

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To see what the Friends of Robinson Gardens have been up to, please visit our Archive.