My days tend to consist of the usual schlepping around the kids, making sure the chores are done, blogging, doing errands, cooking dinner, and so on. But every now and again I get to live up to my title and become an actual glamorous housewife. This happened to me a few weeks ago when I was privileged enough to go on the most amazing garden tour of my life. I know a garden tour sounds like fun, but why all the superlatives? Ladies, you have no idea how amazing these gardens were. But the good news is I took an insane amount of pictures and I really think you can get a taste of the beauty that I was surrounded with for a whole day. As a matter of fact, I have so many pictures that I had to split my post into two! This is part one and I will be posting all of the gardens I got to visit. Part two will describe the most elegant luncheon and charity event I have ever attended.
I have lived in Los Angeles my whole life (with a few years spent in New York and Boston for University) and until recently I have never heard of the Virginia Robertson garden. According to lore, Virginia was the grand dame hostess in Beverly Hills. She often threw lavish parties and hosted celebrities such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, and Fred Astaire! She was also highly involved in philanthropy, so when she passed on she gave her home and surrounding gardens to Los Angeles County. Through the county and the non-profit, “Friends Of Robinson Garden”, her estate lives on as an educational center for the public. The gardens are open to those who are interested in flora and fauna, but the home is only open once a year for the annual benefit I got to attend!
The benefit consists of two parts, the guest garden tours and then a luncheon, home tour, boutique, and garden tour at the Robinson estate. These pictures are all of the guest gardens. For reasons of privacy, I am not labeling my photos according to the different gardens I toured. Suffice it to say they were all lush and splendid as you will see. I mean can you see the beauty in that bright fuchsia bougainvillea? It was a cascade of flowers covering a walk way seen below:
The gardens were all located in the most posh neighborhoods of Brentwood, Bel Air, and Beverly Hills. Last year everyone was treated to the gardens of Hugh Hefner! So you can tell the level of pageantry and luxury in these gardens.
Of course I didn’t want to go to this even by myself, so I dragged my friend and next door neighbor to the event. Though not a gardening enthusiast, she too was overwhelmed with the beauty of the panoramic oasis we were able to traipse through.
If you live in Los Angeles, I can’t recommend this charity event more highly. I know it isn’t going to take place again until next year, but I seriously can’t wait. I immediately came home and planted my own garden in my post stamp sized yard, which I will be blogging about later today. I thought after the inspiration you see here you might enjoy how I translated it into my own yard.