Virginia Robinson's house was designed by her father (of Robinsons May department store) in 1911 and is one of few Beverly Hills mansions open to the public. Fred Astaire, Charles Boyer, Maurice Chevalier and Ronald Reagan came here. The lush gardens have tropical and subtropical plants, patios and fountains.
It is hard to say anything but wow, fabulous, amazing, stunning, beautiful and say it over and over and over as you tour this garden and take a brief look inside this Beverly Hills Mansion built in 1911. The docent tells you of dinner parties with Mae West, Charlie Chaplin and other famous guests hosted by Virginia Robinson. Virginia Robinson lived nearly to 100 years and her gardens were her constant opportunity to create something beautiful. At one point she was assisted by a staff of 17 gardeners but it was her design eye that created the space. There is the formal Italianate garden with pool and lawn the sight of many grand parties. The great surprise is the tropical palm garden with a mature grove of over 100 Australian King Palms. Here Virginia would slip away to read among the under canopy plantings of gingers and clivias and plumaries in the cool shade. For her love of entertaining she had a rose cutting garden, from which she had flowers for the table, and a Potager garden for her classically trained chef. This garden is a gem lovingly cared for by volunteers and the LA County Dept. of Parks & Rec.
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