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Anderson Japanese Gardens near Chicago, IL

318 Spring Creek Rd. Rockford, IL 61107
The Anderson Japanese Gardens were founded by businessman John Anderson.

He turned his swampy backyard into a Japanese garden with the help of garden designer Hochi Kurisu. These gardens are a unique combination of plants, water, and structures. The gardens have pagodas, lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges.

The Visitor's Center provides guided tours and information on what the garden contains. It has a Garden of Reflection with a large pond to walk around. Nearby is a conversation area and cypress bridge. There is the scenic West Waterfall and a tea house where you can enjoy light refreshments and participate in the tea ceremony.

At the Anderson Japanese Gardens, visitors will experience tranquil beauty and see a variety of Japanese plants and water features. Stop at the restaurant Fresco's to get something to eat. There is ample parking in the main lot for visitors. The gift shop in the visitor's center sells a wide variety of gifts to visitors.

The garden has a lecture series on Japanese gardening and youth program that gives students a chance to learn about Japanese brush painting, poetry, yoga, and tea parties. Adult classes focus on health and wellness and creative arts. Special garden events are held regularly, including a Tea Ceremony and Sweet Making Workshop.

The Anderson Japanese Garden provides a tranquil scenic environment for children, teenagers, adults, and seniors to enjoy walking in a well-maintained Japanese garden.


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