rock garden at Morikami Museum

Morikami Museum

A public park expanded and renovated by Kurisu where distinct gardens, inspired by historical periods of Japanese garden design, flow together in one cohesive experience.

Delray Beach, Florida
16 acres
1999 – 2001
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Originally established in 1975 by Palm Beach County in honor of a former Japanese farming colony, the Morikami Japanese gardens were renovated and expanded by Kurisu International in 1999-2001.

Amid the increasingly technological, urban society of the 21st century, Roji-en, The George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Japanese Garden at the Morikami Museum provides a balm for modern life. Roji-en was envisioned by Kurisu as a sanctuary for the human spirit – a place where immersion in nature might meet some of our most fundamental human needs.

aerial view of landscape around Morikami Museum
This 16-acre garden is ADA accessible, and over a mile of strolling path surrounding a 7-acre lake links six distinct gardens – each representing historically significant periods of Japanese garden design, beginning in the 9th century.
path through the pine forest at Morikami Museum
Visitors encounter a bamboo forest, Zen-style dry rock garden, traditional Japanese-style bridges and garden gates built by master carpenters from Japan, a hillside meditation "hut," waterfalls, koi and a world-class bonsai collection.
misty pond at Morikami Museum
Roji-en has been ranked in the top 10 Japanese gardens in North America by the Roth Journal of Japanese Gardening independent survey. The gardens have also been the site of a clinical study conducted by Florida Atlantic University's School of Nursing, which initially investigated the effects of garden walks on older adults suffering from depression.
Morikami Falls at Morikami Museum
The study then expanded to diverse focus groups, including among others, cancer patients and their caregivers, and veterans of the Vietnam war.
gate at Morikami Museum
By 2013, over 450 people had participated in these studies at the Morikami Japanese gardens investigating the therapeutic effect of immersion in the garden. Learn more about the Stroll for Well-Being program at Morikami's website.
The Morikami's Japanese gardens provide educational, cultural and above all, therapeutic opportunities. They present tremendous potential for many kinds of restorative experiences – whether curative, preventative, or simply inspirational.
The success of the Stroll for Wellbeing program at the Morikami has inspired other Japanese gardens to create their own stroll for wellbeing programs, such as the one at the Bloedel Reserve in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Blue image of lotus flower

Healing Gardens

Our Japanese-style healing gardens are designed with an intention for restoration on the deepest levels. We incorporate the ancient philosophies and techniques of Japanese garden design to reawaken the connection between people and nature – between ourselves and the larger, timeless cycles of change and regeneration.

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