Those who live in Long Beach may not realize a Japanese wonderland is hidden close by. On the campus of California State University, Long Beach sits the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. This space of tranquility and peaceful beauty creates the perfect area to unwind and embrace the glory of nature.
Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins gifted the land in honor of her late husband. The widow described her hopes for visitors to the Japanese Garden, “When a person is tired, or anxious, or in a quest of beauty may they enter and come forth refreshed to meet the problems of the day.” Carefully designed, the garden showcases multiple species of trees. A vast collection of Liquidambar, Sweetshade, Birch and various Pines all lend to the delightful sights. Bamboo stands proud and tall as Magnolia blooms reflect prettily in the pond. Picturesque wooden bridge provide paths to stroll and ponder.
Special events often rich in culture occur at this serene Long Beach property. And as Autumn leaves drop it becomes time for the Fall Sekku Traditional Tea Ceremony on October 16, 2016. Those in attendance for this formal ceremony will have the opportunity to whisk powdered tea and indulge in some treats. The online calendar lists other upcoming occasions that enhance a trip to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.
Garden gates are open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays and Mondays.