Spotlight on Chava Gerber

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 Chava Gerber, a wonderful docent at The Virginia Robinson Gardens. Curator April Walton said, “Chava actually began as a garden volunteer, then became a children’s docent and finally a docent for our regular visitor’s tours. Chava is such a warm and welcoming person. She always has a smile on her face every time I see her. She is also very well-traveled, exploring the US and many other countries as well. She is very adventurous but still finds time to be a part of the Gardens!!!! I adore her.” 

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

Around 2007, I was working on a certificate in Gardening & Horticulture at UCLA Extension, and Superintendent Emeritus of The Virginia Robinson Gardens Tim Lindsay came to one of my classes to give a presentation.  I thought to myself that when I retired, I wanted to volunteer at the Gardens – and that’s what I did.  

2. What is your role – how do you contribute to VRG? 

I started out as a garden volunteer (trimming ivy and pulling weeds), which overlapped with becoming a children’s docent. I branched out to giving regular tours after the lockdown as well. I also help pack the student science boxes when I get a chance.

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

Really, my favorite memory happens at the end of every tour, when I hear how much everyone enjoyed themselves and see their newfound love of the Gardens!

4. Please add any additional information you would like to share!

As anyone who knows me realizes, I really like volunteering (VRG, Science Center, Hollyhock House, Schindler House, LA Conservancy, Pasadena Heritage).  I enjoy the combination of meeting new people and giving them a better understanding of SoCal’s historical properties (and the Space Shuttle!) and why it’s important to preserve them.

  1. kerstin royce
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    Chava has also been wonderful to the Friends, as she has volunteer with our children’s science outreach program. She is not only smart and helpful, but so much fun to work with.

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