Morikami Japanese Garden

Morikami Gardens is one of my favorite things to do in Delray Beach.

The gardens are a peaceful escape and a cultural treasure – they are about more than just plants. 

Morikami Gardens is a monument to Japanese culture, spread across 16 acres.

As you wander around the property, you’ll find two museum buildings that are home to a treasure trove of Japanese art and artifacts.

There are 7,000 pieces that tell the story of Japan’s rich history, including beautiful textiles, fine art, and items used in the traditional tea ceremony.

The gardens themselves are a living exhibit, with six distinct areas designed after famous gardens in Japan.

The gardens are a world of tranquility, with peaceful walking paths that lead you through forests and nature trails.

The gardens are a place buzzing with life, from the colorful Koi fish in the ponds to the birds and other wildlife that call this place home.

For anyone who loves plants and gardening, the Bonsai collection is a must-see. It’s known around the world for its beauty and variety.

If you are interested in finding inner-peace and relaxation, Morikami is a perfect spot to visit. They have a variety of programs focused on stress reduction, helping visitors to slow down and breathe in the beauty around them.

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Morikami isn’t just about quiet reflection, though. It’s a vibrant community spot with exhibitions and events that happen often.

One of my favorite events are the Japanese tea ceremonies, held on many Sundays.

This place is a bridge between Japan and South Florida, a nod to the Japanese settlers who once formed a community named Yamato in the early 1900s. Though that community isn’t around anymore, the spirit lives on at Morikami.

This place is a treasure — a little bit of Japan, in South Florida. A perfect place to relax, learn, and connect with nature.

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Cover photo courtesy of Robert Pittman, CC2.0