The sun was shining brightly, but not even the sun could compete with the smiles on the faces of the members of the Friends of Robinson Gardens. Everyone wanted to be a part of Jeanne Anderson’s exquisitely planned Rose Sale.
Greeting guests at the refreshment table were Ellen Lipson, Kerstin Royce, and Chava Gerber. The Friends enjoyed salted caramel cookies and individually wrapped brownies, while they sipped rose-flavored lemonade and Arnold Palmers through agave straws.
It was Roses, Roses, Roses, in a rainbow of beautiful colors available in bouquets for purchase from Rose Lane Farms. On the tennis court, an enthusiastic group of “gardeners” were having a difficult time deciding which of the rose bushes they wanted to purchase. Also spotlighted was Virginia Robinson’s favorite rose -- the beautiful and fragrant pink Eiffel Tower.
Candles, perfume, floral prints and more were beautifully arranged in the Pool Pavilion. Louesa Roebuck’s book, Foraged Flora, was on display.
Who can resist the fragrance of gardenias? A popular stop in the Pavilion was a display of “Natalie,” a fragrance created by Natasha Gregson Wagner in honor of her mother Natalie Wood. The perfume is a mixture of freesia, orange flower, and vanilla combined with gardenia, Natalie Wood’s favorite flower.
It was a beautiful day. Everyone was so happy to be together. Please click on the link (Rose Sale Bios) for more information on our wonderful vendors: Rose expert and floral arranger Jamie Wolf who was advising the Friends; Shawna Christian, owner of Tansy boutique; Lynne Vinkovic, owner of Rose Lane Farms garden roses; Florist Louesa Roebuck who was selling paintings of her floral arrangements in addition to her book; and Natasha Gregson Wagner.
Post by Joan Selwyn
Friends of Robinson Gardens Board Member
Founder of the Friends
Photos by Joan Selwyn and Friends