A Day of Thanks to Our Docents


The Volunteer Docents were invited on 11/29/18 to the loveliest morning at the Oasis that is the Virginia Robinson Gardens.

The Friends welcomed us warmly at the Pool Pavilion to kick off Docent Appreciation Day. 

Jeanne also presented us with a treasure trove of garden books as Holiday gifts for our choosing. 

The Billiard Room was set up for a presentation on Landscape Architecture by the brilliant Lisa Gimmy.  

Lisa illuminated how Landscape Architecture can amplify the most sublime elements in Art and Garden Design. 

Ms. Gimmy generously shared her body of decades long work that is just jaw Read More

Hutton Wilkinson and Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge

Author and designer Hutton Wilkinson presented a beautiful and entertaining lecture based on his new book, Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge, on December 8, 2018 at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. In keeping with the theme of the lecture, some of the elegant attendees were wearing stunning brooches and jewels by Tony Duquette.

In introducing our speaker, Education co-chair Adrienne Horwitch commented on “the sheer force of Hutton’s fabulous personality.” With wit and exuberance, and eliciting much laughter from the audience, Hutton led us on a wondrous journey, unveiling the spectacular designs and transformations of Tony Duquette’s legendary home, Dawnridge.

Hutton related … Read More

Spotlight on Leslie Kavanaugh

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 the community, and what they do that is so impactful.

This month, we spotlight Leslie Kavanaugh, 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 Read More

Firooz Zahedi and City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles

Thanks to Fellows Chair Jeanne Anderson, the Fellows were invited to a wonderful lecture and panel discussion on Firooz Zahedi’s new book, City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles on December 6, 2018. In this publication by author Jennifer Ash Rudick and photographer Firooz, homes of renowned architects, interior designers, garden designers and others are featured. The Fellows were very fortunate to have three of the talented individuals – Richard Shapiro, Art Luna and Hope Warschaw — give a slide presentation using Firooz’s extraordinarily beautiful photographs of their gardens.

Founder and past President of the Friends Joan Selwyn … Read More