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Morikami Museum and Gardens is a hidden gem

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Eerie creaking and odd groaning. I had never been to Asia and had never sat on a bench in a bamboo grove, as I was doing, watching leaves flutter and long green bamboo trunks clink and grind against each other, making weird noises in the wind. The sounds were haunting and alluring, oddly loud and surprising, especially since I was not in a sacred Japanese bamboo forest.

Rather, I was sitting on a sunny day this past January in a bamboo grove in south Florida — 7 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean between Delray and Boca Raton and 20 miles southwest of the Gilded Age mansions and designer boutiques of Palm Beach.

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