The Enchanting 2023 “Back in Bloom” Garden Tour & Showcase Estate

On May 20, 2023, the Friends of Robinson Gardens were so proud to present the 34th annual Garden Tour at The Virginia Robinson Gardens. The theme of the tour, “Back in Bloom,” conceived by co-chair Elaine Stein, was particularly apt as the guests were so happy to be back. The founder of the Friends Joan Selwyn said, “Flowers were at their peak bloom, showing off with a mesmerizing display of color.” Past President and co-chair Betty Goldstein added, “This is our premier fundraiser where funds are raised for the restoration needs of the estate and the Children’s Science Program which has served more than 7,000 children throughout the pandemic years, keeping Mrs. Robinson’s legacy for the welfare of children alive.”

Spotlight on Emina Darakjy

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 Emina Darakjy, a wonderful Garden Tour volunteer and Society Member. Thanks to Emina’s efforts, we had two great classes open to the public on orchids and roses taught by experts from the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. She wrote excellent articles on these lectures and is a great photographer as well. Muli-talented and multi-lingual, she speaks five languages – Italian, French, English, Arabic, and German

Fabulous Fellows Visit to Suzanne Rheinstein’s Home

On June 2, 2023, thanks to our incomparable Fellows Chair Jeanne Anderson who imbues each event with her special brand of magic, the Fellows were treated to a very special tour of world renowned interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein‘s residence in Hancock Park. Suzanne recently passed away on March 20, 2023, and was a great supporter of The Virginia Robinson Gardens. Over the years, she designed several exquisite rooms at our annual Garden Tour. The Friends were thrilled to honor her as our Grand Marshal in 2016, and she gave lectures and book signings at VRG