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Posted on May 22, 2020
The AJG Horticultural Team has been working for several weeks preparing the Garden for the season. Maintaining the shape and scale of the trees is critical for presenting the highest quality Japanese gardens. Greg Afman, Maintenance Supervisor and Project Manager for Kurisu International, explains the time-intensive process of maintaining AJG’s collection of finely pruned pines.
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It's Opening Day!Our first guest of the decade, and the 2020 season, is Kailey from McHenry. This is Kailey's first visit to Anderson Japanese Gardens. We look forward to seeing you next time, Kailey!
May 29, 2020
In the spring pine trees have very prominent terminal buds called candles, due to their elongated shape. We ‘candle’ the pines by pruning the new growth. This is done to control the trees growth and create the desired style. Much like bonsai, we are shaping young pines to appear as if they were ancient trees in nature. We have 150 scotch pines that are produced in this manner, so when you visit, you’ll likely see our gardeners up on a ladder creating.
May 28, 2020
Anderson Japanese Gardens will reopen on Friday, May 29 under significantly reduced capacities and strict social distancing protocol. Pre-purchased timed admissions will be required. There are a limited number of admissions available for each thirty-minute entry window. Visit our website for reservations: www.andersongardens.org
May 27, 2020
Stop and smell the flowers!
May 26, 2020
Wishing you a peaceful and safe Memorial Day Weekend. In honor of all the veterans, thank you for all you have done.
May 24, 2020
Anderson Japanese Gardens will look a little different when it opens because of the generous support of many donors.Last week, Phase II of the Walkways for Everyone project was completed.Check it out in the video and thank you!https://www.facebook.com/AndersonJapaneseGardens/videos/687047932088632/
May 21, 2020
In honor of Memorial Day this weekend, Katie Weston, Anderson Gardens Program and Events Manager, shows us how to create a patriotic themed craft to do at home with your family.https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=345792906384245
May 20, 2020
Did you hear? Our Gift Shop is now online! Items are added daily, so check back often.Same day curbside pickup is available, as well as shipping straight to your door.Online Gift Shop: https://anderson-japanese-gardens.square.site/s/shop
May 19, 2020
‘Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.’ —Jessica Harrelson
May 19, 2020
Randy Zimmerman, a volunteer at Anderson Japanese Gardens, hosts meditation classes and tranquility walks throughout our open season. Today, he leads us through a short meditation near the tea house. Enjoy this moment of serenity. Breathe and listen.https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=247287426498452
May 18, 2020
Anderson Japanese Gardens Volunteer Manager, Leah Keirn, is missing our volunteer team and came up with this fun list.You might be missing AJG volunteers if…1. You cannot remember the name of the various creeks on the property.2. You wish someone were here to help you lick all these envelopes. Oh wait—don’t lick any envelopes!3. You eat snacks alone instead of with the group discussing the beautiful spring blooms.4. You wish that one creative volunteer would come up with a fun and engaging program about cleaning your kitchen.5. You develop a tour talking point about the Japanese spices in your spice rack.6. You attempt to spend an entire day eating with only chopsticks.7. You have no idea what that random bloom in your backyard is, and have no one to ask.8. You make your own at home potluck and still set out 50+ plates and napkins.9. You always expect to see someone at the coffee maker, but never do because you're all working from home.10. You wander the house calling out, "Thank you for volunteering at Anderson Japanese Gardens—we love you and miss you!"
May 16, 2020
Anderson Japanese Gardens’ goal is to have Walkways for Everyone! This campaign is replacing difficult sections of gravel paths with concrete walkways. In spring of 2019, phase 1 was completed. This area consisted of all the gravel pathways around the pavilion lawn, a releveling of the large turf space and laying new sod. Not only does this increase accessibility for all, but it eased all transitions between the path and lawn, and it looks amazing!This project is not possible without our donors! THANK YOU!Love this project, follow us next week for information about Phase 2. We have been busy while the Garden is closed!
May 15, 2020
In an effort to protect the health and safety of our guests and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Tuesday Evening in the Garden for 2020. We will see you all next year.https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1133819616998821
May 14, 2020
Recognizing these disruptive times, Anderson Gardens and Fresco at the Gardens, operated by Franchesco's Ristorante, realize many bridal couples are forced to reschedule their weddings dates. The Garden and Fresco want to help alleviate the stress and anxiety many bridal couples are struggling with as they try to find available wedding venues.During this time, we are pleased to announce that receptions are available September 2020 through March 2021.For more information and availability, please contact Leah at 815.316.3285 or firstname.lastname@example.org
May 13, 2020
Katie Weston, Program and Events Manager at Anderson Gardens shows us how to create a Zen Garden; a home version of the dry gravel gardens you see in traditional Japanese gardens.
May 13, 2020