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Tour Virginia Robinson Gardens – Beverly Hills’ First Luxury Estate

(LA Trend) — Take a trip back in time to the birthplace of Beverly Hills at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. This gorgeous estate features period landscape, a historic mansion, and botanical gardens. While only the gardens are open at the moment, there are still plenty of natural wonders to explore and unique Los Angeles history to learn at this historical landmark.

The estate has several gardens that cover a range of distinctive styles, including:

  • The Italian Renaissance Terrace Garden, featuring the Citrus Terraces, along with a variety of camellias, gardenias, and azaleas planted under large magnolia trees.
  • The Formal Mall Garden, featuring perennial flower borders and rare specimen cycad palms.
  • The Rose Garden, a bucolic garden with an abundance of beautiful heirloom roses.
  • The Kitchen Garden, consisting of countless vegetables and herbs.
  • The King Palm Forest, the largest collection of King Palms in the Western Hemisphere.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the Virginia Robinson Gardens occupy a fascinating place in LA history; constructed in 1911, it was originally home to retail giants Virginia and Harry Robinson of the chain of department stores operating in Southern California and Arizona. During its lifetime, it was the destination of extravagant Hollywood parties. Virginia Robinson was considered the First Lady of Beverly Hills, and was known for her famous acquaintances, including royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Hollywood superstars like Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Sophia Loren, and Charlie Chaplin. Even Robinson’s neighbors were famous, and included the likes of Glenn Ford, Lillian Disney, and Elvis Presley.

The Virginia Robinson Gardens is only open to the public for docent-led tours by reservation at this time. These 90-minute tours accept up to 5 visitors in each group which must consist of family members, very close friends, or those who share the same living space. Social distancing and face masks are required to participate in these tours.

Tour schedules are posted a month in advance — click here to see upcoming tour times.

Location

1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Admission

  • Adults – $15.00
  • Seniors (ages 62 and older) – $11.00
  • Students – $11.00
  • Children (ages 5-12) – $5.00
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Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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