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Each year, the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills opens up the estate and garden areas as a major fund raiser and grand event.

This year, on Saturday May 16th, in addition to Robinson Gardens, the following estates/gardens will be available for viewing:

William Randolph Hearst’s mini-castle, ‘The Beverly House’.

Hernando Courtwrights Gable & Wyant ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’.

An Italiante villa with three waterfalls and a placid lake with manicured hedges that include a maze.

The Best Exotic Bel Air Estate with Koi ponds, Balinese sun decks, terraced vegetable gardens, an art studio & a hillside amphitheater!

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I am thrilled beyond measure to tell you that our dear Amy of Menuah Flowers has been chosen to be the florist for the guest bedroom and bath.  She will be working with Grande Maison de Blanc who will be doing the bedding, towels and other products.  This past Thursday I went with Amy for a
 second meeting with Katherine and Donald from Grande Maison de Blanc to discuss co-ordinating everything. Hmmmmmm thinks Donald….as does Amy.

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Big, big discussion…..

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What about over there????

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Amy will create a very tall piece for this dresser.  The lamp along with the small items will be going as well as the two nesting tables on either side.

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This charming design will be for the duvet cover……

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Amy has an amazing surprise for this tub!!!!IMG 7855

The view from one of the guest bedroom windows….

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From the other window….

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It will be interesting to see who does the dining room & what they do…..

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Amy loved all the silver pieces…..

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When we remember that Mrs. Robinson was THE Robinson from Robinson’s Department Stores it’s not surprising she had so many treasures.  Amy was fascinated with one particular pattern….

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And Tim graciously opened another case in the pantry to find the matching cup and saucer….

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The docents had a wonderful feast laid out for us but we had another foodie adventure in mind….

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Amy said these chickens were unhappy…..I suspect she’s right!

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Don’t you just love this?

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….and these nasturtiums…. Note to self:  Plant some!

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It’s a delight to be with Amy as she finds beauty and joy in everything!

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For more information & to purchase tickets please go to

Time to party!  Where else but Bouchon’s where we are becoming regulars.

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I know, you’re thinking ‘tomato soup???’ but theirs is the best and we get it every time!

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Of course you’re aware of my addiction to foie gras?  It’s like crack!

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I forget what this was but loved the little sweet peppers.  Amy brought over a bag of them later and I demolished it!

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We were bad.  Maybe not too bad as we shared….

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Of course there has to be a doggie in any post….

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What a perfect day….I wish the same for you!

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