Located in California State University in Long Beach, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden aims to educate the university community and beyond about international culture and traditions. Visitors can expect to find a beautiful series of formally and traditionally landscaped Japanese gardens and interactive educational programs and events.

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The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden was founded in 1981 as an extension of California State University. The funds were generously dedicated by Loraine Miller Collins in memory of her husband who had recently passed, Earl Burns Miller. Loraine wanted the garden to be a haven for visitors where they can exit the modern world and gain a sense of serenity and calm.

It took three years of extensive planning, organization, and landscaping, but the garden eventually came to be once renowned architect Edward Lovell stepped in to design the international garden. He was honored to design the picturesque outdoor classroom.

The university is proud to partner with the garden to better provide world-class educational opportunities, top-notch internships, and high-quality student engagement in international affairs for CSU students and the local community. The university and its surrounding community take great delight it not only the peaceful quality of the garden, but the educational aspects of the garden year-round.

The Garden:

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden features 1.3 acres and features a wide variety of traditional designs and cultural representations of Japanese formal gardens with a blend of Southern Californian flair. There is a reflecting pond, a picturesque wooden bridge, bamboo, solid rocks, and colorful blossoming trees.

Visitors can take a relaxed stroll along the pebbled paths through shady trees, colorfully planted lawns and a reflecting pond filled with native Japanese fish. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whether it be taking a peaceful walk or learning more about Japanese culture, visitors of all ages will enjoy the garden.

Upcoming Events:

There are a wide variety unique, educational, and traditional events hosted year-round at the Japanese Gardens. Be sure to check out the website for more information and a detailed event calendar. Visitors can also host their wedding next special event at the Gardens! Some of the featured upcoming events include the following:

Summer Jazz Picnic: This event invites visitors to bring a picnic basket and some friends to enjoy an evening filled with beautiful live jazz music. Entertainers, Peggy Dunquesnel and Renee Grizzell, will perform their magical vocals accompanied by the sounds of a keyboard and a flute. The evening will be held under the stars in the garden as the event celebrates the Star Festival – Tanabata. There will be catered food if guests don’t feel like packing their own picnic and reservations are required. This event will be held on July 21, 2017 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Volunteer Docent Program: This activity is hosted year-round on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. This program allows certified guests to work side-by-side with students at CSU as they lead small group tours around the gardens. This will allow them to get more involved with the community and expand their knowledge of Japanese culture and traditions. Interested volunteers must set up an interview, check out the website for more information.


The garden features many educational opportunities for the university students and its surrounding community. Every year, more than 5,000 school children and thousands of CSU students and community members visit the garden. There are opportunities for field trips and special docent lead tours, and many other cultural and educational resources available year-round.

The garden and its dedicated staff aim to stick to their founder’s mission: “A place for learning, cultural exchange, and contemplation for all.”

Additional Information:

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower, Boulevard BAC Room-203, Long Beach, CA 90840, Phone: 562-985-8885

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