Map 1236 N. Peck Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA
(West of Polliwog Park)
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Hours and Admission: Dawn to Dusk. FREE admission.

Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden The garden features seven educational interpretive signs that provide a self-guided tour appropriate for ages twelve and older. Planned group tours can be arranged for a nominal fee, or one may volunteer and receive a free tour.

To learn more, contact us at:
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  • Call: 310 546-1354
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Maintenance Directors Julie Gretchen & Mimi Volunteering in the garden is on a drop-in basis every Friday morning from 9:30am-11:30am (except holidays.) This is when the garden is maintained. Please wear close-toed shoes, sunscreen and a hat if needed, and bring your favorite hand tools and gloves if you prefer to use your own. Otherwise, we have all the tools necessary. Our maintenance directors Gretchen, Julie and Mimi will show you how to garden in an Earth-friendly manner, allowing you to choose the jobs you prefer.
Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden Newsletter

*Note: Those younger than 18 years old need a parent's signature before volunteering their first time.  Click here to download the Liability Release FormLiability Release Form.

Other non-gardening volunteer opportunities are available such as helping with our newsletter, membership, special events and on our board of directors.

The amphitheater, benches and deck are available on a first-come first-serve basis.  Because the garden is an educational space and wildlife habitat, it cannot be reserved for weddings. Please see our reservation policy.


The Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden is open to the public during normal park hours. It is a demonstration garden exhibiting drought tolerant plants and is a certified nature habitat containing many CA native plants. It was created and is maintained solely by volunteers as a learning tool whose purpose is to promote MBBG's mission of resource and wildlife conservation education.

We encourage activities and gatherings consistent with the mission.

Main Garden Features

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Amphitheater Amphitheater

Bird and Butterfly Habitat

Bird and Butterfly Habitat Bird and Butterfly Habitat

Children's Garden of Discovery

Children's Garden of Discovery Children's Garden of Discovery

Matilija Poppy Hillside

Matilija Poppy Hillside Matilija Poppy Hillside

Meditation Garden

Meditation Garden Meditation Garden

Seven Educational Interpretive signs

Seven Educational Interpretive signs Seven Educational Interpretive signs

Plant ID signs

Plant ID signs Plant ID signs

Pondless Waterfall

Pondless Waterfall Pondless Waterfall

Succulent Slope

Succulent Slope Succulent Slope

Wildflower Meadow

Wildflower Meadow Wildflower Meadow


Enjoy Wildlife at MBBG

Enjoy Wildlife at MBBG

Because MBBG incorporates only water-wise plants including many CA natives, and practices Earth-friendly gardening prohibiting chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides, it has earned a Certified Wildlife Habitat designation by the National Wildlife Federation.  These four essentials of wildlife are provided:

1. Food (flower seeds, bugs and insects, vegetation)

2. Water (water feature and certain plants that retain dew in their leaf structure)

3. Shelter (shrubs, trees, bat box, bird house, rocks, mulch, chemical-free soil)

4. Places to raise young (water, trees, shrubs, species-specific plants, chemical-free soil)


Here are the critters most commonly seen in the garden... Click here

Sunday Bird Walks

Sunday Bird Walks

During the last three years over 130 different bird species have been recorded in Polliwog Park.  Learn to ID these birds by sight and sound.

Where: Polliwog Park including the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden

Meet: On Redondo Avenue near the corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Polliwog Park.  

Leader: Bob Shaman, Audubon Society member and owner of Wild Birds Unlimited

When: Most 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month

Time: Approximately 8:00am

Join Us: Children and adults are invited on a drop-in basis, no need to sign up.  Binoculars and walking shoes are recommended. For questions call: 310 326-2473.

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