Welcome to Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden  

About Us

Dedicated in April 1981, the garden was built through the generosity of Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins. The contribution was made in memory of her late husband, Earl Burns Miller, for whom the 1.3 acre plot is named. Following three years of planning, in cooperation with California State University Long Beach, Mrs. Collins selected Long Beach landscape architect Edward R. Lovell to design the garden. In preparation for the project, Mr. Lovell visited similar gardens in Japan and in the United States.

The resulting garden reflects the university's continuing interest in international education, and the university community is delighted to have you share in this educational, cultural, and aesthetic resource. Read more...




Closed Every Monday & Saturday as well as the following dates:

  Regular Public Hours  
Sunday – Sunday March 27, 2016 –
April 3, 2016
Garden closed for Spring Break
Friday May 6, 2016 Closed for President's Scholar

Tuesday through Friday: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm
Closed : Mondays and Saturdays

Admission is FREE*

*Please note that some special events held during public hours require an admission fee.

Please keep in mind, the garden gate is locked 15 minutes prior to closing time.

We are closed during major holidays, for the campus winter recess and that all hours are subject to change without notice. For more information please call (562) 985-8885.


Use metered spaces in Lot 16 or adjacent lots or you may park in available student spaces by purchasing a permit from one of the yellow permit machines in parking lots or at turnout on Earl Warren Drive just south of the Garden. Please note change in parking requirements, paid parking is required at all times including the weekends.



Book a Tour / Field Trips

Please visit Tour and Field Trip and review the rules below.

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Give: Make a Gift to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden NOW

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden depends on the financial support of those who value its beauty and serenity and wish to support its educational and cultural mission. Please help us ensure that this unique campus and community resource is well maintained and preserved for future generations. Your contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. For more information, please email to jgarden@csulb.edu or call 562.985.5930. Thank you for your support!

EBM Japanese Garden Rules

  • No food or drinks are allowed. Unfortunately the Garden is not able to accommodate picnic lunches. If you are interested in hosting a gathering at the Garden, please call the Garden Rental department at (562) 985-8889.
  • Only pets escorting people with special needs are permitted.
  • Only feed the fish with food provided by the Garden. Koi food is available for purchase for 25 cents per handful. Please bring a container from home to hold the koi food.
  • Running is prohibited.
  • Bikes are not allowed inside the garden. A bike rack is provided outside the service gate.
  • Smoking is prohibited.  
  • Please stay on the pathways at all times. Please do not climb trees, enter waterfall areas, or step into the raked sand garden.
  • Photography is permitted but the usage of a tripod or large equipment is not. Please no professional photography without advance approval from the Education (562-985-8420) or Garden Rental departments (562-985-8889). Learn more about Photo Sessions at the Garden.
  • Sketching and watercolor painting is allowed if all art materials are on a protective sheet to avoid staining sidewalks and benches. No oil painting is allowed.