EBM Japanese Garden a Great Wedding Venue
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 9
By Carin Merritt
The Earl Burns Miller Garden is a 1.3 acre oasis located on the California State University of Long Beach campus off of Bellflower Blvd. and Beach Drive. Through the love and generosity of Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins, the garden took three years of planning and was dedicated to Mrs. Collins’ late husband, Earl Burns Miller.
Intended to provide a place for tranquility amidst a city full of fast-paced living, Loraine described her dream for the garden to be one in which “when a person is tired, or anxious, or in a quest of beauty, [they] may enter and come forth refreshed to meet the problems of the day.”
A far cry from being little or secret; the Japanese garden has become an ideal location for events, particularly weddings. The site’s privacy and impeccably maintained grounds attract discern-ing couples seeking a unique outdoor setting.
The lush green landscape features a perfectly arched bridge, shimmering koi pond, an extensive bonsai collection and sparkling waterfalls. The garden’s natural beauty inspires dreams of love and provides the ideal backdrop for the wedding ceremony.
When entering the grounds, a positive energy exudes from the earth and radiates from the nature of the staff. This provides for the receptions at the garden to be elegant and carefree. The atten-tive staff takes care of every detail so the couple can relax and enjoy their special day.
Weddings can be scheduled at various times and sunset weddings followed by an evening reception are a popular option. As evening falls, dramatic lighting transforms the garden into a scene from a fairytale.
In addition to wedding events, the Japanese garden may be reserved for rehearsal dinners, afternoon teas, business receptions, dinner for two and dinner parties.
It is with the intentions of the college, landscape architect Edward R. Lovell and Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins to create a place of serenity and promote an open mind and interest in international education. Therefore, the garden is designed to be accessible to anyone.
The flourishing gardens are open to the public Tues. – Fri. from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.
For more information regarding the use of the Japanese garden for private events, call the garden office at 562-985-8889 or visit www.csulb.edu/~jgarden.