Have you ever been to a place where you thought every step and every view was incredibly photogenic? The Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills was such a place to me. I found this place just from googling “gardens” near Los Angeles. I love gardens so much and like to research and visit them when I travel! I was so glad that I found this place and that they happened to have a tour spot available for me at relatively short notice. Tours for this garden and associated historic mansion is by appointment only. My visit here was part of my “Spring Blooms in SoCal” road trip that also included a visit to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad and Descanso Gardens near Los Angeles.
About the Gardens
The Gardens is part of a six-acre property that also includes a mansion and pool pavilion, located in the beautiful Beverly Hills neighborhood in Southern California. The Gardens include a rose garden, an Australian King Palm Forest, mature lemon tress, and an Italian Terrace Garden, all of which are stunningly beautiful. Although we were accompanied by a tour guide throughout the tour, we were able to find time to snap a few pics.
From the garden’s website: “The Virginia Robinson Gardens is a unique historic estate, a cultural jewel that transports the visitor back to the birthplace of Beverly Hills. Built in 1911, it was once the residence of retail giants Virginia and Harry Robinson (of the Robinson department stores) and now occupies an illustrious place in history as the first luxury estate built in Beverly Hills.”
Mrs. Robinson bequeathed her estate to Los Angeles County, which now oversees and preserves the gardens along with the not-for-profit organization Friends of Robinson Gardens. The Gardens hosts special events there throughout the year, including a popular annual garden show in the summer. The garden show includes amazing floral displays inside the mansion in addition to a fashion show!
Visits are by appointment only, and their schedules are posted on their website. However, their tours for the week that I would be there were already filled and wait-list only. I emailed them anyway, and was told that they had just opened up another tour on a Saturday that was not listed on the website yet! That was perfect for me, so I quickly confirmed. The admission is $11 for adults for a 90 minute tour.
When we drove to the Beverly Hills location where the house and gardens is located, we were stunned by how nice the neighborhood is!! This is not a typical public park but an actual mansion located in one of the most upscale neighborhoods in California! We were let through the gate and advised to proceed to the pool house to meet the docent, and already we were in awe as we walked through the Italian style terrace and gardens with swimming pool. We arrived early, so we were able to take a few pictures before the other guests and docent arrived.
The very enthusiastic docent spent quite a bit of time in the pool house and the main house explaining the history of the house and gardens and allowing us to walk around and look at the rooms (though they were mostly roped off). He then led us into the gardens, which was what I was looking forward to the most. The gardens are huge, with multiple different themed areas, and all very beautiful, well designed and maintained, and so photogenic! The tour actually ran over two hours, but unfortunately, we had to leave the tour before the docent concluded, but we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Both Ken and I left with inspirations for how to improve our own back yard!
Brandy Melville top | Levi’s denim shorts | Hat Attack hat from Club Monaco | Michael Kors sneakers