Gardens

Milestones

A decade of blooming beauty, inspiration, and more. Ten years after completing a major garden expansion and renovation, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is proud to recognize some of the most memorable Roji-en: Gardens of the Drops of Dew milestones.

1999      Morikami broke ground for garden redesign.
      
2000   Phase 1 of garden redesign opened. From the Main Museum Building through the festival grounds to Yamato-kan.
      
2001   The completed garden, Roji-en: Garden of Drops of Dew, opens to the public.
      
2005   Hurricane Wilma hits the Morikami. The garden suffers damage and loses its largest Gumbo Limbo tree.
     
2006   Sakura (cherry blossoms) were donated to the Morikami and planted in the garden.
     
2007   The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and the FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing conducted a research study designed to determine whether or not garden visits were as effective as, or more effective than, art therapy in relieving symptoms of depression in older adults. Read more.
     
2008   Stroll for Well-Being Program was developed based on the IMLS study completed in 2007.
     
2009   Yamato-kan was revamped and added permanent exhibits, Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida and Japan Through the Eyes of a Child.  
       
2010   Sakura bloomed for the first time.
Rock garden was created in the Nelson Memorial Garden.
Morikami awarded Japan’s Foreign Minister Award.
   
2011  

Morikami invites the community to a one-day, admission-free celebration for the 10th anniversary of the opening of Roji-en. A donated tree was planted to celebrate years past and years to come in our gardens.
Hotei, our monumental sculpture depicting the god of happiness, leaves the lobby after 15 years and finds a new home in the garden.

2013

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, held on Monday, January 7, 2013, designated the Morikami Bonsai Gardens as a World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) Cooperation Center. Morikami Board of Trustee Member and Chairman Emeritus of WBFF, Felix Laughlin, designated the Morikami Bonsai Exhibition as the 3rd WBFF Cooperation Center in the United States.