June 2018 Happenings


Celebrate Mother’s Day in Beverly Hills

CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY IN BEVERLY HILLS Although we love and appreciate our mothers and wives every day, Mother’s Day is a time when we shower them with appreciation for being amazing. From rooftop brunches, sweet treats and relaxing spa specials, gift mom with fabulous experiences that can only be had in Beverly Hills. ACTIVITIES 30th Annual Garden Tour at Virginia Robinson Gardens | May 19, 2018 1008 Elden Way | (310) 550-2068 | Event Details Reserve tickets to attend a garden party at the historic Virginia Robinson Gardens on May 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event features a gourmet luncheon, fashion show by Ted Baker London, the chance to tour the mansion’s historical rooms and an opportunity to shop for unique gifts at the grand boutique, located on the tennis court. Click here to read the full article on LoveBeverlyHills.com.

Don’t Miss the Garden Tour of the Year at the Historical Virginia Robinson Gardens

This year’s spectacular 30th Annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate is aptly named, “Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson – The Art of Living.” The Garden Party extravaganza will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10 AM to 4 PM. This event is more than a garden party and tour…it is an Experience! The day begins with tours of several enchanting private gardens that will truly inspire any garden-loving enthusiast. After the tour of the private gardens, guests are welcomed back to the Virginia Robinson Gardens Estate for an outstanding and bountiful luncheon prepared by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods. Guests that purchase the Concierge Admission Tickets will be pampered not only on the luxury van docent-led tour of the private gardens, but they will also enjoy full-service dining at an exclusive sitting area, which will be masterfully decorated by Peter Otero for Silver Birches. Plus, these guests will receive…

Tripping: Nine Best Hidden Gems in Los Angeles

NINE BEST HIDDEN GEMS IN LOS ANGELES  With perennially warm weather, pleasant landscapes, and a reputation for glitter and elegance, Los Angeles, California attracts thousands of visitors daily. However, aside from the famous landmarks, the city is packed with lesser-known points of interest. Nearby most Los Angeles vacation rentals are marvelous scenic vistas, lovely parks, eclectic museums, and exciting recreational spaces. Without further ado, here are the most exciting hidden gems in the city of Los Angeles. 3. Virginia Robinson Gardens The lovely Virginia Robinson Gardens are located on the Virginia Robinson Estate in Beverly Hills. Built in 1911, it is the first estate ever created in the Beverly Hills area. The five incomparably beautiful garden areas include a rose garden, a tropical palm garden, a formal mall garden, an Italian Renaissance terrace garden, and a kitchen garden with herbs and vegetables. The county of Los Angeles offers guided tours of…

Spotlight on Betty Goldstein

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 community, and what they do that is so impactful.

This month, we spotlight Betty Goldstein, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens and Board Member. We asked her these three questions:… Read More

Ali Rahimi and the Art of Haute Couture

Ultra-talented fashion designer Ali Rahimi of Mon Atelier gave a very inspiring lecture on the art of haute couture and presented a gorgeous fashion show on April 19, 2018 at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. Ali, along with his business partner John Barle, created a beautiful vista around the pool with his absolutely stunning ball gowns on mannequins, some of which were draped at the moment to great effect!  A true artist, Ali is so passionate for his craft and possesses such a wealth of knowledge that we could have listened to him all day. Educated in England and at the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, Ali said, “I was designing before I knew what it meant. If God gives you a gift, you must take care of it, and not damage it.” From a young age, he was exposed to haute couture. His beautiful mother used to fly…

An Afternoon with Tennessee Williams – Community Theatre Comes to Robinson Gardens

What is the first ingredient for an entertaining and stimulating afternoon at the historic Virginia Robinson Gardens? You guessed it — Sebastian Galvez, in a one-man theatrical performance about the life and loves of the legendary author and playwright, Tennessee Williams. The performance was directed by Paul Sand, an award-winning actor, and Founder of the Santa Monica Public Theatre. Sebastian Galvez captivated the audience as he drew them into the turbulent life, loves and relationships of the author. The Pool Pavilion’s intimate room was the perfect setting to tell the story of William’s roller coaster success, and finally his accidental death due to drugs and alcohol. Sitting at Mrs. Robinson’s desk close to his typewriter, his right hand constantly clutching a glass of bourbon, Sebastian drew us into the emotional ups and downs of this talented yet tortured man’s life. All the while, William’s insightful and self-depreciating wit brought moments…