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The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University Long Beach

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The Earl Burns Miller Japanese GardenAccording to the website: “Situated on the campus of CSU Long Beach, our 1.3 acre Hill and Pond Japanese-style garden was built through a generous donation from Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins in honor of her late husband Earl Burns Miller. Following three years of planning, and in collaboration with the University, Mrs. Miller Collins selected University master plan landscape architect and longtime friend Edward R. Lovell, ASLA to create its design. Construction began in the summer of 1980 and it was dedicated in the spring of 1981.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
Several weeks ago my mother’s assisted living group made the trip to California State University Long Beach to visit the garden. Japanese gardens are popular in the Los Angeles area.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Koi fish were looking pretty healthy. There were plenty of baby koi which is why I am sure the ducks were hanging around.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

As with all Japanese gardens the idea is to create a place of peace and contemplation.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Of course, as usual, we were on a schedule as some of the folks had to get back for the ice cream social or some other activity. It’s a non-stop party at my mom’s assisted living home!!!

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

You can see the size of the babies compared to the big old grownup Koi at the bottom right.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

This is a Chinese Flame Tree. Spectacular!

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

I probably shouldn’t point this out as perhaps it isn’t that noticeable but I have been attempting to get out of “auto” mode with my DSLR. I was fooling around with the exposure mode and all these photos came out with an incredibly high contrast. Really over-exposed in the sun and really under-exposed in the shade. I did my best to correct it in Photoshop but I need to figure out how to correct for that properly with the camera. It’s a slow slow learning process…

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

As this garden is on the campus there seemed to be plenty of students taking a break from their studies…. what better place than a Japanese garden?

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

This was our docent who led us around the garden.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

This reminds me of the pebble beach in my hometown of Brighton, England!

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Although this is a small garden there are many different viewpoints which create the illusion of a bigger area.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

I love wooden bridges.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

If you click on this link there is a map of all the trees in the garden and an inventory.Β A profile is kept on each tree indicating its species, health, and maintenance profile.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese GardenLove those reflections!

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Zig zag bridges are often found in Japanese or Zen gardens. Some say it is because evil spirits can only walk in a straight line and therefore cannot cross the bridge. Others say it is to keep you mindful as you walk or you will crash into the railings. Whichever it is, they are aesthetically pleasing.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

More Koi and their duck friend.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Can you see the duck with his head submerged in the water?

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Just as we were leaving, this Great Blue Heron showed up. No doubt a little Koi delicacy was on his mind. But a good thing or the pond would be over-run with big fat Koi.

Please click on all the photos for a larger view.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles. Recently I rediscovered photography and I am busy learning everything I can about it. It's a great excuse for getting outside, wandering around and stopping to look at things.

16 thoughts on “The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University Long Beach

  1. love those koi! exquisite photos

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  2. Thank you Bonnie!

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  3. What a gorgeous garden! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  4. Beautiful photos of the garden. How luxurious to have such a elegant Japanese garden on campus!

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  5. Great photos, Roslyn. What a fabulous place to relax in. πŸ™‚

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  6. Wow, what a lot of gorgeous pictures of such a wonderful place. I could get lost in there for days.

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  7. Love this place. Glad you pointed out that it is a small garden. I had started thinking it was huge and then there was a shot that included lots of the features so that the size became obvious. Thanks for the field trip–feeling zen…

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  8. I do like a Japanese garden. πŸ™‚
    I only know about 3 settings on my digital camera. Keep meaning to experiment but I’m way too impatient.

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