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“Great site to see”

Virginia Robinson Gardens
Reviewed 27 June 2013

What a lovely sight to see when in the Los Angeles area. Located in a beautiful Beverly Hills neighborhood, the grounds are exquisite and the home tour very enjoyable. I got a lot of landscaping ideas from the tour. Be sure to call a couple of weeks ahead of time for a reservation though, you can't just show up.

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Reviewed 5 April 2013

I have been to this estate and gardens twice before when multiple areas were abloom but wanted to go earlier in the year this time to see more Spring blooms, and wasn't dissappointed. The estate is only available weekdays by rsvp on docent-led tour and you are only allowed to take pictures outside the buildings, but the estate has one-of-a-kind antiques and pretty furniture, sconces and rugs all collected from this wealthy couple's travels in the early 1920's as owners of the Robinson store chain. The pool pavilian has a lovely paneled and beamed ceiling "billiard parlor/smoking room" with intricately carved grandfather clocks and antique chairs. You can go out onto the balcony behind it to see the frescos painted on arched plaster above the doors, and to view neighboring mansions. After viewing the house you proceed past camelias and other flowering bushes into the tiered gardens (with azaleas, hydrangeas, other bulbs and flowers) which include the "musical" steps where water flows from a small fountain through a spanish tile trough down brick steps to the citrus terrace where lemon, lime, and orange trees were budded and antique pottery funerary urns in the shape of lions look out over the lower tiers of trees and flowering shrubs on the hill and an enormous Corral tree sits on the Western edge of the property. You advance past the "kitchen" and servant's quarters to the motorcourt and then decend into an incredible Austrailan palm forest with a huge banyon tree and a "carpet" of bright orange & "yellow" clevea blooms. After looping through another fountain & water lilly courtyard, you cross past the parrot cage and into the tennis court with a giant red bougenvilla, which is flanked by a pillared rose garden. It's about 90 minutes and is serene and refreshing, a gardener's inspiration!

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Reviewed 15 April 2012

True Beverly hills grace and refinement amidst rolling grounds, with breezes and a pool I wish was mine await guests.

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Reviewed 7 February 2012

Finally had a chance to visit the Virginia Robinson Gardens after all these years. It is located about a mile behind the Beverly Hills hotel. January is a dormant month for gardens however, the camelias were in full bloom and the property and home are definitely worth exploring. The palm tree canyon is a fantastic tropical jungle. Please note parking is extremely limited and not allowed outside the home.

2  Thank chicago90Phoenix
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

This is the place to visit on your second trip to Beverly Hills. The Gardens and House give you a glimpse of a golden time in the history of Beverly Hills. Docent tours are available. There is a nice mix of formal (the great lawn) and natural gardens (the king palm grove). There is a discount on the entrance fee for students and seniors. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Even though the walks through the gardens are well maintained, there are a number of stairs.

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