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Long Beach might be part downtown waterfront metropolis, but there’s plenty of places where our green thumb is showing and growing.
Located between the San Gabriel River and the 605 freeway, the El Dorado Nature Center is over 105 acres of natural habitat that provides sanctuary to natural animals and plant life. Here, you can stroll along more than 2 miles of paved trail that winds its way past lakes and streams, and through a forest.
In the heart of the California State University Long Beach campus is 1.3 acres of Japanese-style garden. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden serves as an educational resource for the campus and the community about Japanese architecture and foliage. In addition to touring the garden for a leisurely stroll, the garden hosts various events throughout the year including teas, tours, brunches, and barbeques.
Rancho Los Alamitos can be found in the heart of Bixby Village and has a number of gardens located throughout its historic grounds. This rancho features several thematic gardens to enjoy including a cactus garden, a rose garden, and a geranium walk.
Rancho Los Cerritos is a Bixby Knolls staples and its keepers have worked hard to cultivate the gardens on this remarkable property. Of the many gardens growing throughout the rancho, one is a California Native garden that features foliage grown throughout the Golden State.