|We recently visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with friends. The gardens are located west of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County in Florida. The day was exceptionally hot and muggy, but a gentle breeze was blowing as we strolled along the paths. Welcoming benches and water stations with accompanying recyclable paper cups were scattered throughout the gardens.In the early 1900’s a group of young Japanese farmers created a community in the area intended to revolutionize Florida agriculture. A farming community was formed, named Yamato after the name Japan was referred to in ancient times. Unfortunetly the community never attained its goals and the discouraged families involved gradually left and returned to Japan or moved to other locations in the United states. One pioneer, George Sukeji Morikami remained with his family and stayed to work the land. He also became a fruit and vegetable wholesaler. When he was in his 80’s George donated the land to the Palm beach County to be used as a park in commemoration of the Yamato Community and to help preserve Japanese American culture.The facilities are a favourite spot for weddings, photographers and artists. One can not help to be enthralled by the romantic, peaceful and tranquil setting and the panoramic view of earth, water, and sky We enjoyed the art and the magnificent gardens inspired by gardens in Japan including a bonsai garden. These gardens feature art, rocks and plants. We also enjoyed visiting the museum and viewing the wildlife- alligators, turtles fish and birds. We indulged in a delectable Japanese lunch at the restaurant. If you are a resident of Florida or a tourist, I recommend you pay the gardens a visit. You won’t be sorry.
The only negative is a shuttle or trolley service is not provided for those who have difficulty walking.