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Japanese Garden Celebrates 30th Anniversary With June Events

Published: June 1, 2011

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden will be featured along with five historical residences during Long Beach Heritage’s annual Great Homes of Long Beach Tour on Sunday, June 5, from noon to 5 p.m.

Then on Sundays, June 12 and 26, garden aficionados can observe the Japanese Garden’s annual Pruning of the Black Pines demonstrations.

At the Long Beach Heritage event, the garden will provide tours, light refreshments and a historical exhibit on the Long Beach area legacy of Earl and Loraine Miller. Loraine Miller Collins founded the 1.3-acre garden on the CSULB campus in 1981 in memory of her late husband, Earl, co-owner of Sully-Miller Construction, according to garden director Jeanette Schelin. The garden is reminiscent of the Japanese gardens that graced many Craftsman-style homes at the turn of the 20th century.

Led by docents, tour guests also can visit:

• A 1911 Craftsman on Ocean Boulevard across from the Long Beach Museum of Art, attributed to the Los Angeles architectural firm of Meyer & Holler.

• A 1920s modified Italian revival style designed by famed architect Horace Austin on a street of unique period homes.

• One of the first homes built in Bixby Knolls in 1928, owned by the same family for 80 years and extensively remodeled in 1941 by Kenneth Wing.

• A sleek 1950 mid-century modern and one of the first houses built by architect Paul Tay.

• A 1952 mid-century modern designed by Richard Neutra that is considered a Long Beach landmark.

Japanese Garden's Upcoming June Events
The CSULB Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Tickets are $30 for members of the Historical Society and $35 for non-members. For more information, visit the Long Beach Heritage website or call 562/493-7019.

Pruning of the Black Pines takes place from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests can attend one or both events to observe different techniques from Japanese experts who will demonstrate how to care for these majestic trees.

Admission for each session is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for Friends of the Japanese Garden members, and free for children 12 and under.

For more information, visit the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden website or call 562/985-8420.

–Anne Ambrose