Message from President Patti Reinstein

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”   Joshua J. Marine author

Today another month has passed since our quarantine in Los Angeles from the coronavirus began on March 19, 2020, forever changing our lives. We need to acknowledge the sheer awesomeness of what is happening worldwide.  We are living in extraordinary times, but in spite of this disaster, I hope that we will all try to seek new ways of finding grace and harmony in our future.  You are not alone.  We will find our way together.

Even though we have been physically … Read More

FRG Member Susan Rosenthal Sews Masks for the VA!

Our wonderful Friends of Robinson Gardens member Susan Rosenthal sewed 100 non-surgical masks for the West LA Veterans Administration’s CTRS (Care Transitioning Rehabilitation Service) Program for veterans without homes. This new program on the VA grounds provides tent housing and social distancing for homeless vets while they wait out the COVID-19 crisis.

Susan is a VAVS (Veterans Administration Volunteer Services) Representative for the Daughters of the American Revolution and is an active volunteer at the VA.



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Virginia Robinson’s Columbia Electric Car

Virginia Robinson bought her new car in 1906. The Los Angeles Times heralded the event on April 8 describing the car as, “…a twenty-four-cylinder Columbia Stanhope-Victoria…”. Since there was no model with that name at the time, it was likely to have been an extremely popular model among the East Coast society ladies, a “Victoria-Phaeton.” This model of the Columbia electric cars was considered an expensive automobile. People could purchase the much more affordable gasoline internal combustion engine cars as well. Nonetheless, the electric cars had many advantages over the gasoline version. Electric cars were odorless, quiet and simple to … Read More

Spotlight on Lynn Whitaker

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 Lynn Whitaker, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens Executive Board Member.

We asked her these three questions:

How did you first learn about VRG, and what inspired you to become a Friend?

In the early 90’s, … Read More