Morikami Japanese Gardens

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.


About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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2 Responses to Morikami Japanese Gardens

  1. Those gardens sound delightful. If my husband’s dream of moving back to Florida ever comes true, I’ll make a point to visit. 🙂


    • epsnider says:

      Florida around Miami and Fort Lauderdale and further north despite an unstable economy has undergone tremendous expansion, mainly upward. Numerous high rise condo developments dot the skyline. Traffic is horrendous. I suspect that other areas of Florida have escaped the hustle and bustle.However Life in Florida weather wise and culture wise is great.I spoke to my cottage daughter yesterday in Northern Ontario and temperatures dipped to -27 C.There was a 40 car pileup on the highway that they travel on, due to unexpected snow squalls.


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