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Morikami Japanese Gardens

A great place to visit in Florida is the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Palm Beach County. I have been there several times, most recently on the same trip when I visited Mandarin in Jacksonville. The museum and gardens are in a park on the site of a Japanese agricultural colony that existed in the early twentieth century. The last remaining settler, George Morikami, left his land to Palm Beach county to preserve as a park. The gardens represent several different periods in the historical development of Japanese gardens. › Continue reading…

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This post is in honor of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 200th Birthday (she was born June 14, 1811). Back in 2007, I visited Mandarin, Florida, where Harriet Beecher Stowe had a winter home she visited from 1867 to 1884. Her book, Palmetto Leaves (1873), is based on her experiences in Florida. Today, Mandarin is part of the city of Jacksonville, which has grown to become the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. Her cottage, called “Mandarin Home,” is no longer standing, but some other traces of Stowe’s Mandarin survive. › Continue reading…

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