Morikami Gardens 2015

Author Carol Choomack

Morikami Japanese Gardens

In the early 1900’s a group of young Japanese Farmers arrived in America and settled in what is now known as West Boca Raton, Florida. They came to work the land as they formed an agricultural Colony called, Yamato, an ancient name for Japan.

The Colony’s farming endeavors were ultimately unsustainable and nearly all its members returned to Japan in the 1970’s. One of the remaining member’s named George Sukeji Morikami then in his 80’s donated his land to Palm Beach County with the wish that it would become a park in honor of the diligence and hard work of those who founded it. Finally in 1977 his dream and wishes were honored.

I can now attest after my visit just a few weeks ago that the integrity and honor of those from the Yamato Colony have been preserved to perfection. A detailed story of this amazing…

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