Long Beach California
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
Earl Warren Dr
Long Beach, CA 90840
QVPJ+36 Long Beach, California
The spectacular, 1.3 acre Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on the California State University, Long Beach Campus, just about 25 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles.
Build in honor of her late husband, Earl Burns Miller, Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins commissioned the garden in the late 1970’s. Loraine and Earl Miller shared a passion for gardening and the outdoors and she wanted to honor his memory with a landmark worthy of his name.
Designed by Edward R. Lovell, ASLA, the University master plan landscape architect and lifelong friend of Mrs. Collins, the garden took nearly three years to design. In preparation for the project, the architect visited gardens in Japan and the U.S. for inspiration.
Construction crews broke ground in the summer of 1980 and the garden was completed in the Spring of 1981. Today, lovely, mature landscaping abounds in what is one of the finest examples of a Japanese Garden in all of Southern California.
The focal point of the garden is the tranquil koi pond, surrounded by evergreens and bonsai. A footbridge and traditional Japanese structures can be seen throughout the garden, along with Japanese Kasuga lanterns.
Founded as an educational resource for the CSU Long Beach campus and the broader Long Beach community, the garden is meant to advance CSU Long Beach’s interest in international education. Often used as an outdoor classroom for arts and sciences, the garden is one of the most beautiful spots on campus and is enjoyed by students and faculty alike.
The garden is also a popular wedding venue, and can be booked through the garden’s website.
Admission to the garden is $5 for adults and $2 for children. It’s open Tue-Fri from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Sundays from noon – 4:00 PM. Please note that the garden is closed on Saturdays and Mondays.
In addition to the garden, the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation sponsors other facilities on and off campus, including the CSULB International House and the Miller Children’s Hospital.