Virginia Robinson Gardens

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United States of America - California - Beverly Hills

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BGCI Member: No

About the Virginia Robinson Gardens

Built in 1911, the Robinson Estate was one of the first homes in Beverly Hills. Its owner, Virginia Robinson (of Robinsons-May department store fame), was known as "The First Lady of Beverly Hills." She transformed her hilly, six-acre estate into a lushly landscaped, tropical oasis. Her regular bridge games at the estate attracted actors Fred Astaire, Charles Boyer and Maurice Chevalier. She was also known for her grand parties, which were attended by dignitary such as Ronald Reagan. When she died in 1977 (at age 99) she was busy planning her 100th birthday party! She willed her manor to the County for the public's enjoyment. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open for guided walking tours.

Main Address:
Virginia Robinson Gardens
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills
California 90210 United States of America

Telephone: (310) 276-5367
Fax: (310) 276-5352
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Tim Lindsay, Superintendent
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1911
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 2 Hectares
    Latitude: 34.0859940
    Longitude: -118.4169880
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes

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