Each month we spotlight a volunteer, staff member, docent, donor, or sponsor of 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 Wendy Wintrob, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens Board Member. Wendy along with Janice Jerde is in charge of Premier Events for the Fellows, helping Fellows Chair Jeanne Anderson. Wendy has organized terrific outings to museums where superb curator-led tours and luncheon tables creatively decorated to the theme of the exhibition enchant all who attend.
We asked her these three questions:
1. How did you first learn about VRG, and what inspired you to become a Friend?
Many years ago, my friend Margy Hudson was a member of VRG and she invited me to attend one of the lectures in the Pool Pavilion at Robinson Gardens. I really enjoyed the experience. Then, when planning began for that year’s annual Garden Tour, I volunteered to help Margy and Greer Saunders with the Rentals and Food Committee. We enjoyed working with the rental company and caterer to design an event that would control costs while successfully advancing the mission of the Garden. Margy and I later co-chaired the Garden Tour, an event that now attracts 700+ visitors every May to view several private home gardens, including the glorious and majestic Virginia Robinson Gardens. It’s a wonderful day to spend with friends, family and other garden enthusiasts.
- What’s your role – How do you contribute to VRG?
In order to encourage interest in Robinson Gardens, I had the opportunity to co-chair the monthly Education Lectures and luncheons with Susan Rosenthal. What tremendous fun we had designing menus and decor to go along with interesting speakers that related to gardens. I always enjoy volunteering whenever I’m asked — whether it’s writing to publicize events at Robinson Gardens or hands-on assistance with the Children’s Program. It’s meaningful and important to spread the word and support Robinson Gardens in order for it to continue to thrive, flourish and inspire our community. Currently, my role is to help arrange Premier Events for the Fellows of Robinson Gardens. Jeanne Anderson oversees this committee. Through her leadership, we have organized several curated private tours at institutions such as The Getty, Skirball Cultural Center and The Broad.
- Can you share a favorite VRG memory with us?
I’ve always had a fondness for flowers and garden design. Since moving to LA from the East Coast almost 40 years ago, I enjoyed taking my mom, sister and friends to the VRG tour. A favorite Virginia Robinson Gardens memory would have to be attending the annual Garden Tour with my mother for many years. It was always an adventure! We would drive ourselves and spend the day criss-crossing town discovering the many beautiful gardens on the tours. I have such fond memories of spending time with my mom amid the beauty of many fabulous gardens. Also, I have to say that meeting new people and making many new friends has been another highlight of my involvement at VRG.