August 2019 Happenings


 

Julia Klein and Dr. Andrew Klein to Be Honored at This Year’s 2019 Patron Gala

The Friends of Robinson Gardens is very proud to be honoring Julia Klein and Dr. Andrew Klein with the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award at this year’s Casablanca-themed Rick’s Café Américain Patron Gala on September 14, 2019. Julia is a past Vice President and President of the Friends of Robinson Gardens. Dr. Klein is the Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Together they are a dynamic, dedicated, and exceptional team who has given much time and generous support not only to the Friends, but also to the community. Andrew Klein, M.D., M.B.A. F.A.C.S Dr. Andrew Klein is the Esther and Mark Schulman Chair in Surgery and Transplant Medicine, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Director of Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  In this capacity, he provides oversight and programmatic direction for the institution’s liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, and lung transplant programs….

Exploring Extraordinary Private Gardens of Northwest Connecticut

Discovering great gardens is an adventure. Touring a garden with like-minded friends brings a pleasure to the mind and five senses that is comparable to very few of life’s other experiences. This was the case as a group of Fellows members of the Virginia Robinson Gardens spent three days touring nine world class private gardens in the general vicinity of Litchfield, Connecticut. The house and garden of renowned interior designer Bunny Williams was the start of our journey of learning.  It  was here  that  we truly  viewed  the garden as a highly individualized artistic expression. This very New England white clapboard house is surrounded by garden rooms,  each with its distinct style and intended use. There is the elegant conservatory  used as  a party  dining  room and a place to showcase tender plants. A working barn and patterned vegetable garden, along with the octagonal chicken coop, added a beautifully executed, yet practical element to…

Membership Opportunities

Join the Virginia Robinson Gardens Family through One of its Membership Opportunities We welcome you to join us by becoming a member of this very special garden estate.  We hope you will consider volunteering your time to Virginia Robinson Gardens and financially support this incredible historic treasure, ensuring it will be here for all future generations. Know someone who loves gardens? Give them the gift of membership! If you are currently a member, now is the time to increase your love of the Gardens by joining at a higher level.    HISTORY In 1911, Harry and Virginia Robinson, heirs to the Robinson’s Department Store, purchased a barren hilltop. Over a period of 68 years, a world-class property was created. The guided tour includes five separate themed gardens. In each, the visitor finds inspiration and gains an appreciation for a more genteel lifestyle. Like many successful Americans of the 20th century, the Robinsons focused…

Spotlight on Robin Blake

Each month we will spotlight a volunteer, staff member, donor or sponsor of Virginia Robinson Gardens (VRG) — those that have made an impact on the organization. We want to let you, the reader, know a little bit 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 Robin Blake, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens Board Member. On one occasion, Robin generously opened her elegant and beautiful garden for guests to visit at Garden Tour. We asked her these three questions: 1. How did you first learn about VRG, and what inspired you to become a Friend? My very dear friend Leslie Kavanaugh inspired me, and I would always volunteer for the Christmas Children’s event in December. I like being a part of old Los Angeles and working on…