Virginia Robinson Gardens —
2008 Benefit Tour
A Sleeping Porch for the Queen of Hearts
Built in 1911, the Virginia Robinson Gardens was part of the dream home of Harry and Virginia Robinson, and was the first estate constructed in Beverly Hills. At present, it is the only home of its kind open for public viewing in that city.
The annual Garden Benefit Tour, sponsored by Friends of Virginia Robinson Gardens, has been hailed by the press as “the most glamorous of its kind in Southern California.” The event offers a view of privately owned distinguished gardens presented by their owners and landscape architects. And the crown jewel on the Garden Benefit Tour is the Robinson Gardens and Estate itself.
The theme for this year’s garden tour was “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” My goal in this garden design was to transform the kitchen terrace into a lushly planted porch with an exotic outdoor bed fit for a queen — of hearts!
With a rich range of reds — from burnished terracotta, peach, valentine-red, and plum — the effect of the design is warm and dazzling without overpowering the classic architecture of this fine home. The low Moorish tiled table shaded with palms is a perfect spot to have afternoon tea. The richly upholstered bed begs to be lounged upon. Master gardener and rosarian Linda McKendry found exceptional red roses, espaliered a plum-toned champagne grapevine, and brought in rare lilies and jasmine, creating a fragrant opulence.
The unique sculptures by California artist Pascal Giacomini provide an elegant touch. A bejeweled portrait of the queen herself, painted by the designer, completes the boudoir ambiance of this artful display garden.
To learn more about this project, please visit the Image Gallery and Before-&-After pages.