President's Message

main imageThe Robinson Estate will begin its centennial year in September of 2011. The Friends are making exciting plans to celebrate Virginia Robinson and her enchanting gardens. How proud she would be to know that her passion has been shared not only with the surrounding community, but also with visitors from around the world! In preserving her legacy and extending her vision, we become a part of its history as well.

As your new president, I am very fortunate to have an enormously talented incoming board, which includes new positions to manage innovative programs and expand ongoing projects to ensure that we are operating as efficiently as possible. One of our most exciting programs is expansion of the Children’s Outreach Committee. It has long been our goal, if not our dream, to offer children of all ages the opportunity to enjoy the gardens and greenhouse projects. With increased community funding though grants and individuals, we will also be able to serve a wider geographic area.

Another new committee is the Special Events Team, which has already scheduled outstanding programs for Friends and Fellows including private garden tours, an evening in the Chinese garden at the Huntington and a visit to Hearst Castle, just to mention a few!

Finally, perhaps the most challenging project of the year will be the publication of our first book about Virginia Robinson Gardens. Marcella Ruble has dedicated years to researching the history of the Robinson family and archiving photographs of their lives in the swiftly growing frontier that was early Southern California. Evelyn Carlson is co-chairing the project, functioning as editor and assisting in the production of the book. Photographs of the development of the property will be included, along with many beautiful pictures of the gardens as we know them today.

Strolling through the gardens, it is exhilarating to imagine how gratifying it would be for Virginia and Harry to rediscover the intriguing landscape they sowed from seed in 1911.

Jeanne Anderson

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