Spotlight on Evelyn Carlson

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 Evelyn Carlson, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens and Board Member. We asked her these three questions:

1.  How did you first learn about VRG and what inspired you to become a Friend?

Marcella Ruble introduced me to Robinson Gardens. Sometime in the late 1990’s, I went on a Garden Tour with Marcella’s sister-in-law and a couple of her friends.  A few years later, when I was no longer working full-time, I decided to volunteer. My first assignment was taking reservations for the docent-led tours as Tim did not have any office staff at that time.  

2.  What’s your role – How do you contribute to VRG?

Currently, I am the Treasurer.  I have been involved with the financial and administrative management of the Friends off and on for the past 10 years.

3.  Can you share a favorite VRG memory with us?

Of the many wonderful memories I have of the Friends and Robinson Gardens, in retrospect the experience I enjoyed the most (despite some bumps along the way) was co-authoring the Beverly Hills’ First Estate: The House and Gardens of Virginia & Harry Robinson book with Marcella and Tim.  Editors Maralee Beck and Jamie Wolf were also quite involved with the book project as were many other Friends.   I learned so much about the history of southern California and of Virginia and Harry Robinson and their families.  Virginia and Harry were adventurous and influential visionaries.  I feel fortunate to be able to spend time on their beautiful estate and do my small part to help preserve and keep it accessible to the public.

6 Responses

  1. Timothy Lindsay
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    Thanks Evie for sharing your skills and time with the gardens, over these past decades. We’re all the beneficiaries of your efforts!


  2. Diana Doyle
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    You are amazing Evie and do so so much for the Gardens!!

  3. Madeleine C Wagner
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    Evie – You do more than a small part to preserve the Gardens. Thanks so much. Clare

  4. Julia Klein
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    What a treasure Evie is! Thank you for contributing your time and experience to the Gardens.

  5. Larry
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    Evie– Great to see your wonderful work continues!
    Larry Zeller zlarryz@aol

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