Robinson Gardens Seduce Visitors Once a Year

One of Beverly Hills’ most storied estates opens its gates in May so visitors can see lush, elaborate interior design, floral arrangements and landscaping.

Photo courtesy of Robinson Gardens An Italian marble statue of cupid stands flanked by forsythia, ready to shoot an arrow at anyone who crosses the Terrazzo entryway, made of colored concrete mixed with marble chips, and buffed until shiny. 


Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the walls of those huge, gated luxury estates in Beverly Hills? “Who lives there?” you might ask, and “I wonder how I could ever get in for a visit"

Well, once a year you can find out, at the annual tour and garden party at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. This year it’s happening on Saturday, May 18. But don’t worry if that doesn’t fit into your social agenda. We have ways of taking you behind the scenes.

The annual benefit, this year called “Fete de Fleurs,” involves a tour of the house, a garden party, a luncheon, a Max Mara fashion show and a high tea on the Great Lawn, a boutique, floral workshops, a silent auction, book signings, a botanical art exhibition in the Italianate Pool Pavilion, and a tour of five private gardens on the West-side of Los Angeles.

The main house will be decorated by L.A.’s most prominent florists and interior designers, who give the rooms transformations “involving color, style and a bit of whimsy via floral arrangements and décor.” Sponsors like Cartier, Neiman Marcus and Sotheby’s International help out.

If the May 18 event sounds posh, it is. It takes place on a unique historic estate built in 1911 that was once the residence of Virginia and Harry Robinson, who owned the famed Robinson’s upscale department stores. 

It’s said that the Virginia Robinson Gardens was the first luxury estate built in Beverly Hills. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located behind the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, the six-acre property contains breathtaking gardens, including the Australian King Palm Forest, the bucolic Rose Garden and the tranquil Italian Terrace Garden.

Back in the day, Mrs. Robinson was known as “Hollywood’s Hostess,” and frequently entertained show business royalty like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as British royalty, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, plus everyone in between.

Visitors to the annual garden tour still get the royal treatment from the Friends of Robinson Gardens. But, as you might expect, an event like this is quite dear. Ticket prices start at $200 per person for event admission, a self guided tour, luncheon and fashion show, and go up to $375 per person, which includes all of the above plus a VIP van pass, a docent lead tour and other perks.

Of course, the event is a benefit fundraiser, so your attendance will also help others. Proceeds got to fund children’s outreach programs and Los Angeles students in the 5th through 6th grades.

To purchase tickets and find out more about the Robinson Gardens, or just to drool over the beauty of it all in case you miss the event, visit: http://www.robinsongardens.org/

 

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