Thoughts from Friends: Ann Petersen

Mary Osborne has so eloquently expressed my feeling when in the company of trees. I have had a love affair with trees since I was a child, and my father planted a tree nursery on our farm in Illinois. I loved the birch tree then, but when we moved to Santa Barbara, I fell in love with the California oak tree. As an adult, I have always had a home in the mountains surrounded by trees where I retreat to find serenity and peace of mind. I love the smell of the pines and the sound of the wind blowing in the trees.

Forests and trees provide many benefits and services to society, including clean water, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, carbon storage and improved human health. Community trees help reduce air and water pollution, improve physical and mental health as well as reduce crime rates.

Virginia Robinson Gardens Offers Extraordinary Salve: Volunteering at the Gardens

An Inspirational Message from Friends of Robinson Gardens Member Laura Coleman.

Mornings spent in the Virginia Robinson Gardens are among the most beautiful experiences imaginable. From walking through the King Palm Forest in the mist, the scent of water lifting off leaves, to that first rewarding vista of Virginia and Harry Robinson’s onetime home, every moment spent at the Gardens is a treasure.

Amidst the turmoil of the pandemic, all of us are living life to the best of our capacities. And all of us have fear in our hearts that our loved ones could be afflicted. To say that the Gardens offer an immensely soothing respite during this time is truly an understatement.

Thoughts from Friends: Natalie Gordon

Audrey Hepburn once said, "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

These days, there is a strong preoccupation with tomorrow. Questions like, "When will we get a vaccine?" or "When will life return to some form of normal?" dominate nearly every headline. And while the often-devastating news rages on outside our doors, many of us remain at home, hoping for a brighter tomorrow.

Thoughts from Friends: Regina Drucker

"Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden, I will meet you there."

Words so prescient by the Sufi Poet, Rumi, wrote these words in the 13th century. Rumi writes that Love, Truth and Beauty dwell in a Garden. Precious water nourishes the Flower in its celebration of the most reverent color in Persian lore, Green. This explains the devotional myth for the carved Mughal Emerald gemstone. Gardens bring Calm to those who wander through Paradise's pathways.

Explore the Magic of the Virginia Robinson Gardens through Art

The Miracle of a Garden Why is everyone ever so happy When wandering within a garden’s spaces? Could the answer be amidst the scented Pansies which capture all the beauty of children's faces? So next when one’s amidst a Rose’s bowers Put aside your woes and sorrows. Lend your Inner brilliance on those pathways Sprinkling miracles about for those who’ll surely follow. Poem by Regina Drucker, Friends of Robinson Gardens Board Member and VRG Historian.
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