Updated 3/29/13: Finally took my kids to visit the garden over spring break and added some pictures. What a beautiful place.
Here is another hot tip from the great moms I know. Located on the campus of Cal State Long Beach is the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. The following quote best describes the feeling the garden evokes:
“I have a dream for this garden. When a person is tired, or anxious, or in a quest of beauty, may they enter and come forth refreshed to meet the problems of the day. There will be music of the wind through the pines, music from the waterfalls and the birds. There will be serenity as you walk around the lake, and joy, I hope, in the beauty of the reflections in that lake. There will be iris and azaleas in the Spring. Flowering magnolia in Summer. In the Fall, chrysanthemums and the gold of the liquid amber trees. There will be strength and solidity in the rocks and the wooden bridges. And, of course, there will be bamboo, a favorite wood of the Japanese because it is so useful and beautiful. There is an old proverb that says, ‘Bamboo bends but never breaks.’ It is my hope that as you leave your tour of the garden, you will find in your heart that proverb, and the day will be filled with joy.” – Loraine Miller Collins
Admission is FREE. Kids can feed the koi fish for a quarter. I will update this post with some pictures when I take my kids for a visit…I don’t think the garden will be quite as serene then.