Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden is a non-profit public education organization dedicated to promoting Earth-friendly gardening techniques, encouraging the use of drought-tolerant plants including California natives, and conserving our natural resources. MBBG mission statement: We promote Earth-friendly gardening for the conservation of water, wildlife and the well-being of our community.
Mimi Andersen (Garden Maintenance Director, Blog master)
Jill Brunkhardt (Chevron liason)
Mike Garcia (Enviroscape)
Dave Harris (Rotary Club)
Eve Kelso (City of MB liason)
John Scott (Graphic Designer)
Martha Andreani (Secretary)
Board of Advisors
Melanie Baer-Keeley (Horticulturist-specializing in CA Native Plants)
Tony Baker (Horticulturist, Landscaper)
Ann Barklow (Consulting Certified Arborist) Former MBBG board member & founder
Kathleen Bullard (Environmental Planner) Former MBBG board member & founder
Joyce Haraughty (PR) Former MBBG board member
Greg Monfette (Registered Consulting Arborist)
David Moody (Naturalist, Birder)
Lisa Ryder Moore (Composting, Worm bins)
Andrew Pedersen (Entomologist)
Bob Shanman (Birder, Nature Store Owner)
Friday Volunteer Directors: Mimi Andersen, Julie Gonella, and Gretchen Renshaw
Large Jobs: Mike Garcia and Enviroscape, Jim Catella
Mulch Delivery: Wally Miglin
Bird feeders and Interpretive Sign Upkeep: Linda Morey
PR: Charlotte Marshall
Rotary: Dave Harris
City Liaison: Eve Kelso
Chevron Liaison: Jill Brunkhardt
Membership: Julie Gonella
Interpretive Signs and Brochures: John Scott
Classes and Field Trips: Charlotte Marshall
Website: Julie Gonella
Gardener’s Grapevine Newsletter: Julie Gonella, Charlotte Marshall, Ann Barklow, Martha Andreani, Suzanne Schultz
We are always looking for volunteers to help on our committees and boards. Contact us
Become a Member
Thank You MBBG Sponsors!
Oak ($5,000) Chevron Corporation
Alder ($1,000) Mike Garcia Rotary Club of MB Helen Ristani
Redbud ($500) Julie & Roy Gonella Manhattan Beach Property Owners Association John Scott David Lesser and Family Kim Lewis Bruce Johnson
Sage ($250) Martha Andreani Kathy Clark Hermosa Garden Club Kellie Hunter Neptunian Women's Club Edie Merrifield & Family
Deborah & John Porter & Family Bob Shanman of Wild Birds Unlimited: Free Birdseed Kristie Daniel-DiGregorio
Buckwheat ($100) Janet Brownlee Kathleen Bullard Patrick & Mary Goshtigian & Family Marina del Rey Garden Center Patrick Moore & Dr. Maria Capaldo: Plant Sales Zwissler Family Ann Barklow Ann Dalkey Deborah & Will Hass Charlotte and Russ Lesser Laura & Layton Pace Bernard & Shirley Renyer Geoffrey Yarema Dave Harris Hans & Rachel Vandenberg Maria Doiev Robin & Sharon Nakazaki & Family Liza Levine Charlotte & John Barry
Poppy ($50) Anonymous Jim Catella Cathy Clous Joyce & Ken Haraughty Charlotte Marshall Ann Martin McAree Family Meyers Family Andrea Miller Mary-Lou Quinn Isa & Barrie Anderson Stana Edgington Virginia Evans Mike Gumino Kris Lauritson Dixie Roy Vickie Rush Carol & Wayne Fenner Georgette Gantner Betty Keel Don & Jeanne McPherson Temple Shalom: plant donations Diane & Lou Charbonneau Kaye Gagnon Thomas Conroy & Alice Neuhauser Stephanie & Gabriel Goshtigian Mark & Kelly Wolschon Cheryll Lynn & Scott McNabb
Become a Sponsor and/or Member of Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
Members receive our educational newsletter The Gardener’s Grapevine, early invitations and discounts to events, discounts on plants and seeds, and free gardening advice (stop by the garden any Friday from 9:30am-11:30am.)
All new members receive a FREE gift! Membership dues are due May 1st each year.
Renewal Special! From April 1 - May 15 receive a gift to thank you for your timely support!
Sponsors receive automatic membership status and recognition if they choose, in the Gardener’s Grapevine which is widely distributed by mail, online and to various entities (library, city hall staff, garden clubs, etc.)
All sponsors receive a FREE gift! Sponsor donations after Dec 1st receive automatic membership status until May of the year following the upcoming May renewal date (good for more than a year.)
Open Donation Amount
Poppy ( $50 )
History of the Garden
Creation of the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden began in 1992 by a group of concerned local citizens. To understand why, one first needs a short history lesson of the Southern California landscape. It begins millions of years ago, along with the geological history of Los Angeles. Let's briefly go back in time, way back, to an era so long ago that humans hadn't yet even walked the earth.
Although the Palos Verdes peninsula was situated about where it is now, it was separated from the mainland by water. It was 8th in a chain we call the Channel Islands. Neither it nor the other Channel Islands had ever been a part of the California landmass, but like Hawaii, had been created by volcanic activity. All the area we call Los Angeles had not yet been formed, and was part of the ocean floor.
Over the eons, tectonic activity and weather patterns bombarded the landscape. The mountains you see surrounding Los Angeles were hit annually with snow, rain, wind, and even lightning, which caused natural fires. As the ocean floor was thrust upwards, erosion brought soil from those mountains westward to the ocean. Eventually thlige seabed rose high enough to crest above the waves and become dry land.