June 2024 Happenings


Spotlight on Connie Ching

Each month, we spotlight a volunteer, staff member, docent, donor, or sponsor of the 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 Connie Ching, a wonderful and dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens and Fellow Member. Connie generously offered a luncheon/dinner featuring Chinese cuisine for 10 people in her beautiful home and garden for the silent auction at Garden Tour.

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A Walk in the Garden with Superintendent Diane Sipos

New feathered friends have moved in!  Thanks to the generosity of Nicole Antoine Finton and her family, a brood of four chickens have moved into the hen house, joining the two other ladies (the last remaining from the original five).  This breed of chickens – Silver Laced Wyandotte – is distinguished from the other two hens, with their beautiful golden feathers outlined with blue-grey tips and full feathered heads reminiscent of big, swooping hairstyles from the 1980s. Their full body plumage give them a regal air as they strut about in their new home.  I extend a big thank you to Josh Johnston for coordinating their move to their new habitat.

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Garden Designer Nancy Goslee Power Speaks at VRG

The word went out on our website that the famed garden designer Nancy Goslee Power was speaking at The Virginia Robinson Gardens on April 18, 2024! Her talk would focus on La Foce, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Tuscany and Susan Rheinstein’s final garden in Montecito Garden which she lovingly designed. The famed California historian Kevin Starr once remarked, “Nancy Goslee Power is to landscape what Frank Gehry is to architecture.” The event sold out immediately!

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VRG’s Rose Gardens Highlighted in the Los Angeles Times

The Virginia Robinson Garden’s Rose Garden was included in a list of seven rose gardens to visit in LA. 7 stunning L.A. gardens where you can stop and smell the roses (quite literally!by Adam Markovitz includes a great write-up on our wonderful rose gardens!

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Friends of Robinson Gardens Star Pets

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
- Anatole France, French Poet

Harry and Virginia Robinson were both animal lovers for their entire lives. Their 16 acre estate made the perfect home for their menagerie of pets who could roam freely and enjoy the grounds. Stories of the many pets who have lived at 1008 Elden Way are legendary at Robinson Gardens.

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