A sense of serenity came over me as I strolled the paths of Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. Walking through landscapes of meticulously manicured trees and flowing water, relaxation replaced my stress. What is it about a Japanese garden that differs from other gardens? Why does it feel tranquil? It’s because each element—every rock, every plant, every pond— is carefully placed to inspire calm and renewal.
I’ve felt that that sense of tranquility in every Japanese garden I’ve visited. However, it was intensified at Anderson Japanese Gardens because of the garden’s size and extensive use of water. The garden’s twelve acres includes two large ponds, a creek that winds through the property, and a tall waterfall.
History of Anderson Japanese Gardens
Inspired by gardens he saw in Japan during business trips, and further inspired by the Portland Japanese Garden, Rockford businessman John Anderson decided to create his own Japanese garden. He hired Hoichi Kurisu, the same designer who designed the Portland Japanese Garden. According to Mr. Kurisu’s website, his company harmonizes “…light and shade, water and rock, and space with the senses…to restore peace of mind, physical health, and strong and compassionate communities.”
Garden construction began in 1978. In 1998 John Anderson and his wife Linda donated the gardens to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association. Anderson Japanese Gardens is now a not-for-profit entity.
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Anderson Japanese Gardens photo gallery
Following is a sampling of the photos we took during our visit to Anderson Japan Gardens.
If you visit Anderson Japanese Gardens
Anderson Japanese Gardens is located at 318 Spring Creek Road in Rockford, Illinois. Gardens are open to the public from late April through late October. Check the website for exact dates, hours, admission rates, and other details.
Disclosures: The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted our visit to the Rockford area. Our admission to Anderson Japanese Gardens was complimentary. However, any opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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