Just to try something a little different Telephoto Florida visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fl. This historical and cultural spot is definitely not known as a birding hot spot although it is just down the road a bit from the famous Wakodahatchee Wetlands.
The Morikami Museum and Gardens is a cultural arts center displaying the Japanese culture and it’s early role in the area. The site sits on some 188 acres. A serene winding path leads you through various magnificently manicured feature gardens inspired by some famous and historical gardens of Japan. These include an early rock garden, and a dry landscape garden consisting of raked gravel. The site also offers a beautiful man made waterfall.
In the middle of the site an island in the lake there is a replica Japanese schoolhouse. This interactive exhibit offers a look at how the Japanese culture lived when they first settled in the area and through the changing times to the present day. .
The museum consists of changing Japanese exhibits. In the conference center is a large theater which shows a continuous playing film about the history of the founder. There is a small gift shop which is worth visiting if only to see the various Japanese flavors of the popular Nestle's Kit Kat product.
The stroll through the gardens was relaxing and very enjoyable. Despite the lack of birds, the place was very photographic. It was a nice change of pace and worth the visit. Admission to the Gardens is $15 per adult and $9 for children (Free for under 5 years of age.)
Hours are 10 am to 5 pm 6 days per week. They are closed Mondays The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are located at 4000 Morikami Park Rd. Delray Beach, FL 33446 http://morikami.org/