A 1.3 acre Japanese garden on California State University’s Long Beach Campus. It was created with a gift from Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins to honor her late husband, Earl Burns Miller, and as a university and community resource.
“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 1
1 The California State University web page. Retrieved from http://web.csulb.edu/~jgarden/aboutus/history.html on October 23, 2015, 7:37 pm CST.