April 2024 Happenings


Come and Enjoy the Garden Party of the Year: “Spring Rhapsody” 2024 Garden Tour and Showcase House!

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

The Friends of Robinson Gardens is very pleased to present its 35th Annual Garden Tour, Spring Rhapsody, on May 18, 2024, at The Virginia Robinson Gardens, co-chaired by Vice-President Elaine Stein and President Lynn Whitaker. Sweet sounds of harp music, guitar, and piano will entertain and welcome you to this beautiful, historical estate built in 1911. Don’t miss an awe-inspiring day of enchantment and fun, and all for a great cause. This premier annual event raises funds for the restoration needs of the estate and the Children’s Science Program, honoring Mrs. Robinson’s legacy as children’s charities were dear to Virginia’s heart.

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Famed Author George Geary is the 2024 Garden Tour Grand Marshal!

The Friends are very proud to honor best-selling author and educator George Geary as the Grand Marshal at the Spring Rhapsody Garden Tour on May 18, 2024, at The Virginia Robinson Gardens.

A fascinating and entertaining speaker, George has generously given many lectures at Robinson Gardens on his books on restaurants. He will be signing his books: L.A.’s Legendary RestaurantsMade in California, and L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants.

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Our Wonderful Floral, Designer, and Culinary Stars at the “Spring Rhapsody” 2024 Garden Tour!

The Friends of Robinson Gardens is so grateful to the extremely talented floral designers who will enchant your senses by transforming the rooms of Virginia Robinson’s home into settings of dazzling beauty for the 35th Annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate on May 18, 2024. Don’t miss this breathtaking event where the florists will interpret the theme: Spring Rhapsody.

Each Garden Tour Star is listed alphabetically along with the room/area they are decorating or located so that you will know where to find them when you visit the Showcase Estate at Robinson Gardens.

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A Passion for Cars: “Tales From the Garage” by Rodney Kemerer

Rodney Kemerer’s personality lit up the entire room as he spoke with eloquence and humor about his new book, Tales From the Garage, at The Virginia Robinson Gardens on February 22, 2024.

A car buff and avid reader of car magazines, Rodney was excited when he discerned that he had the desire and the ability to successfully write about his favorite topic…cars!

His first articles were well received by editors, but proper recognition for his work came slowly. Various published magazine articles led to a regular column in Garage Style Magazine.

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“George Cukor” and The Book Club at VRG

A very full complement of guests joined in the lively discussion at the Tea, Scones & Gardens Book Club on the book, George Cukor: a Double Life: A biography of the Gentleman Director on March 23, 2024, at The Virginia Robinson Gardens.  We had a couple from as far away as Bakersfield!  It was so interesting and informative to reflect upon the idiosyncratic Cukor. The book revealed so many aspects of his persona, including his unique directing style, especially as to women actresses, his interactions with the studio owners, his famous Sunday parties, and his personal relationships with his colleagues, friends, associates, and companions.  Director Cukor was a guest at Virginia’s estate on several occasions.  Wouldn’t it have been curious to be a spider on the wall!

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