MORIKAMI GARDENS

June 11, 2020

4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, Florida 33446
Tel:  561-495-0233

Morikami Gardens is the place to visit if you've had enough of fast paced theme parks.  It is a tranquil oasis with a theme of a different sort.

Morikami Museum and Japanese GardensMorikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Flickr/Martin Alonso

If you have any interest in things Japanese, this 188 acre site is a must!

This attraction is officially known as "The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens". For convenience, we'll use the short form here.

Morikami Gardens WaterfallMorikami Gardens Waterfall
Flickr/Robert Pittman

Since its opening in 1977, Morikami Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in Florida.

Morikami features changing exhibitions in its galleries and monthly tea ceremonies performed in its Seishin-an tea house.

Building and trees at Morikami GardensMorikami Museum and Gardens
Flickr/Bob B. Brown

There is also an educational outreach program with local schools and organizations, and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated for the public several times a year.

The original building, named the Yamato-kan, is designed to resemble a Japanese villa.

Morikami Water GardenMorikami Water Garden
Flickr/Lisa Jacobs

The Yamato-kan has a permanent exhibit related to the history of the Yamato Colony, a Japanese farming community in South Florida 100 years ago. Yamato Road in Delray Beach is named for the colony.

The Yamato-kan also has a 225 seat theater, authentic tea house with viewing gallery, library, classrooms, museum store, cafe and lakeside terrace with Japanese courtyard garden.

The Morikami Museum Collection houses 5,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items, more than 200 textile pieces and recent fine art acquisitions.

Morikami BridgeMorikami Bridge
Flickr/John Spade

The Museum itself provides a grand entrance to the gardens. There is a permanent collection of Japanese art and artifacts; as well as items on loan from other museums and private collectors.

As many times as I’ve been there, the special exhibits are always exciting. Some of my favorites have been kimonos, ancient pottery and antique netsuke.

The museum shop is always tempting and I recommend having lunch at the Cornell Café (featured on the TV Food Network). It is unassuming in appearance but the Pan-Asian fare is delicious and reasonably priced!

Morikami Gardens Cornell CafeMorikami Gardens Cornell Cafe
Flickr/Lisa Jacobs

An almost mile long wandering path will take you through six authentic style Japanese gardens.

The entire area is full of old pine trees, beautifully placed stones and flowering plants.

The water features are exquisite. Make a point to view the bonsai garden. As a bonsai aficionado myself, it’s always part of my visit.

Morikami Bonsai TreeMorikami Bonsai
Flickr/Rebecca Siegel

The Morikami is west of Delray Beach and is a convenient day trip from many Florida cities.

The traditional Japanese festivals are always filled with food booths, things oriental for sale and demonstrations (everything from bonsai and Taiko drums to tea ceremonies).

Take the kids, there’s plenty of room to run and wide open spaces with picnic tables.

MORIKAMI GARDENS ADMISSION FEES AND HOURS

ADMISSION FEES

HOURS

Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays and major national holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Easter and Fourth of July.

Information on special events and exhibits is available at the Morikami Gardens Website.

DIRECTIONS

Morikami Gardens is between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike west of Delray Beach, Florida.

From Linton Boulevard take Carter Road south to Morikami, and from Yamato Road take Jog Road north to Morikami. The way is well marked with signs.

As you leave Morikami Gardens you will pass the American Orchid Society Botanical Garden. Over three acres of lush gardens full of rare orchids.

American Orchid Society FlowerAmerican Orchid Society Flower
Flickr/Joseph LaMonica

Don’t be concerned about the weather there is also a 4,000 sq. ft. greenhouse to tour! 

American Orchid Society Botanical Garden
16700 AOS Lane
Delray Beach, Florida 33446

The colors, shapes and fragrances will amaze you. It's definitely worth a visit.


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