Continuing my love and passion for agriculture around Texas and beyond, I was pleasantly surprised to find rich agriculture history during a recent trip to Florida when I visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
In 1940 a young graduate of New York University formed a farming colony called Yamato, an ancient name for Japan. The name comes from the students homeland of Miyazu in Japan.
Although the colony was not a success in the end the young graduate probably never dreamed that today the farming colony has been transformed into a museum and garden. It is a place for local Floridians and tourists alike can experience to be Japanese arts and culture. With over 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, the Morikami Museum and Garden was a beautiful and enriching cultural experience.
Beyond it’s sheer beauty, my enjoyment of the museum and gardens partially comes from my desire to visit Japan. It is on my list of overseas travel because it unknowingly has a special place in my heart. My parents were stationed in Japan during Vietnam and as a child I grew up hearing about my parents cultural experiences abroad. Beautiful photos of past times in Japan made me long for a similar experience of adventure and the need to experience another culture.
I recommend visiting the museum and gardens on a Sunday, shortly after your brunch at the Sundy House. If you missed my recap of our bottomless mimosas and tropical stroll through their gardens click here and read all about the brunch that will change your life.
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Adults – $15
Seniors – $13
Children – $9