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Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden (MBBG) is a 501c3 non-profit public education organization. Our dedicated volunteers are trained in Earth-friendly gardening techniques. They teach water conservation for the home landscape, as well as how to install and care for our local California native plants in a manner that is fertilizer-free, pesticide-free, and herbicide-free. Providing a safe environment for birds, butterflies, insects, and other wildlife promotes the well-being of our entire community.

The organization's ⅔ acre demonstration garden is a certified nature habitat located in Polliwog Park. It showcases California native plants and is a tool used when working with and teaching volunteers. WEEKLY VOLUNTEER TIME IS ON A DROP-IN BASIS EVERY FRIDAY 9:30AM-11:30AM.


The garden is also a great place to visit and picnic. MBBG maintains an educational website, offers free gardening classes in spring and fall, and participates in local events.

We Teach Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques To: 

  • Individuals and small groups

  • College and high school students

  • Office groups

  • Seniors

  • Scouts of all ages

  • Disabled adults who come with supervision

  • Home owners with yards and gardens

  • Landscapers wanting to learn about CA natives 

  • Nature lovers


The Garden often has opportunities for Eagle and Gold Scout projects.

Many students from local high schools and colleges choose MBBG to fulfill community service hours. They always make big improvements to the garden. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts too, look to MBBG for big projects. To date, there have been 8 Eagle projects and 2 Gold projects completed in the garden including the Meditation Garden deck, benches, a composting toilet, Bee Hotel for native solitary bees, and finishing the interior of the new Butterfly Hut (tool shed/office) with paneling and shelving.
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