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.
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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.
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. MBBG 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.
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)