IN PICTURES: June Ready for CSULB’s Japanese Garden, Long Beach’s Hidden Wonder
Photos by Brian Addison. To see all photos, scroll through the gallery above.
It is arguably one of Long Beach’s most underrated spaces—but for those that know and love this little 1.3 acre of land, it is a genuine Long Beach wonder, becoming home to wedding shoots, parties, and simple escape from the hubbub of urban living.
Dedicated in April of 1981, the garden was built through the donation of Loraine Miller Collins via the Miller Foundation. Created in memory of her late husband, Earl Burns Miller, three years of planning brought Long Beach landscape architect Ed Lovell to design the garden. Lovell traveled Japan for months in search of creating a synergy that would transport those in Long Beach to the countless gardens he visited in the land of the rising sun.
“The garden will mellow in about 30 years,” Lovell said in a speech at the garden’s dedication. “What we are doing is creating something of beauty and value for people we will perhaps never meet.”
35 years later, Lovell is entirely right. Japanese black pines, maples, and ginkgoes pruned in the ueki style provide visitors one of the most relaxing and distinctly unique experiences in Long Beach.