About Friends of Robinson Gardens

main image The FRG, a volunteer nonprofit organization, has the unique task of helping to preserve one of the most beautiful estates in Beverly Hills.

Friends of Robinson Gardens has raised over three million dollars towards the restoration and preservation of the Virginia Robinson Estate. Our primary fundraiser is the annual Benefit Garden Tour held in the spring of each year.

The press has called the annual Benefit Garden Tour “the most glamorous of its kind in Southern California.” The tour features a selection of distinguished gardens presented by their owners and landscape architects. The gardens’ themes range from the extremely formal to the purely whimsical. Because of their integration of a wide variety of horticulture, Robinson Gardens can be enjoyed by children and the nature lover alike.

The crown jewel of the Garden Benefit is the special tour of the Robinson Gardens estate. Bestowed upon the death of Virginia Robinson, the estate is presently part of the Los Angeles County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The garden is also the elegant setting for the annual Patron Gala which recreates the beautiful surroundings similarly to how Mrs. Robinson might have invited her renowned and celebrated guests to enjoy.

Friends of Robinson Gardens also sponsor a very active outreach program with volunteers hosting an annual holiday party and garden tour for children from the Maryvale and Hathaway Children’s Services. The Children’s Holiday Celebration was started in 1989. This event is enthusiastically planned and attended by friends, as well as eagerly anticipated by children. This program is carrying on the tradition of Virginia Robinson who was actively involved in many philanthropic activities.

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