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 Keeley Smith, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens and Board Member. Keeley is co-chairing along with Kathy Choi our 2019 Garden Tour – Oh! Naturale.
We asked her these three questions:
1. How did you first learn about VRG and what inspired you to become a Friend?
I first learned about the Gardens through Jerome when he was working with Cartier and had been supporting the Gardens for a number of years. We attended a gala together and were fortuitously seated with Jeanne and Robbie Anderson whose love and devotion for the Gardens was contagious to say the least. Inspiration was all around that night in the moonlit garden, but especially in the people whose enthusiasm and dedication to keep this unique gem thriving for the community hooked me right away.
2. What’s your role – How do you contribute to VRG?
I am serving as a Board Member and proud co-chair for this year’s Garden Tour, alongside Friends superstar Kathy Choi. My unofficial and self-crowned role is that of megaphone for the Gardens. Having relocated from New York only a few years ago, I presumed everyone from Los Angeles must know and regularly visit the Gardens. When I discover that someone hasn’t been, especially if they were born and raised in Beverly Hills, it becomes my mission to share the wonder and splendor of the Gardens with them.
3. Can you share a favorite VRG memory with us?
I will always remember my first Garden Tour. Visiting the private gardens of those who generously share their passion for nature and design felt like an honor. And then, after the home tours, to return to VRG to see its transformation by the scores of designers and Friends’ volunteers showcasing their own talents and passions was impressive. What a pleasure to be amongst so many who can use beauty and art to keep the history of the Robinsons alive and a community connected.