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Anderson Japanese Gardens
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318 Spring Creek Rd,

Rockford, IL

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Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named the highest quality Japanese garden in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine since 2004. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12 acre award winning landscape is comprised of exquisite design, winding paths, gentle streams, plunging waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines, and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th century traditional architecture are found throughout. Anderson Japanese Gardens also provides a breathtaking setting for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. Whether your ceremony is an intimate gathering or a large celebration, the Gardens provide several extraordinary ceremony settings that are fitting for your occasion. Anderson Japanese Gardens offers a variety of culturally enriching events and educational opportunities.

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May Lecture - Peace Through a Bowl of Tea

May Lecture - Peace Through a Bowl of Tea

Thursday, May 20 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

N'Spired Yoga

N'Spired Yoga

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 9:00 AM - 7 @ 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, Jun 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sound Bath

Sound Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

ArtbyKarla Koi Finger Painting

ArtbyKarla Koi Finger Painting

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sound Bath

Sound Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, Jun 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

N'Spired Yoga

N'Spired Yoga

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 9:00 AM - 7 @ 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, Jun 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sound Bath

Sound Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

N'Spired Yoga

N'Spired Yoga

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 9:00 AM - 7 @ 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sound Bath

Sound Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, Jun 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, Jun 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sound Bath

Sound Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

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Enhance your experience while visiting with the Awareness Walks in the Garden booklet. This booklet consists of 10 suggested stops that provide mindful, sensory experiences for all ages. Whether you are visiting as an individual or a family, this booklet is a beneficial addition to your visit that encourages the mindful practice of experience the moment. Each time you use the booklet, you may experience something new and different. The Awareness Walks in the Garden booklet is available for purchase in the Gift Shop.

Monday, May 17, 2021

We just found out Anderson Japanese Gardens is included in the State of Illinois' 'Land of the Road Trip' campaign to promote tourism throughout the state. Wow! We are so honored because we know Illinois has so many wonderful destinations to offer. Thank you to the State of Illinois for honoring us with this! We can't wait to be your destination this summer. Do you have a trip planned to Anderson Gardens? https://youtu.be/aYu07JQZ7koOur garden features an award-winning landscape comprised of koi-filled ponds, winding pathways, plunging waterfalls, and raked gravel gardens….a perfect backdrop for your next road trip destination. We look forward to the memories you will make in the Garden this summer. If you have any questions about the activities, events, and more in our gardens, please feel free to reach us at info@andersongardens.org.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Save time and skip the line by pre-purchasing your admission.Keeping the Garden safe for guests, volunteers and staff is our top priority. As such, we continue to encourage pre-purchased reservations in order to reduce lines and wait times during the admissions process. Guests are asked to check-in anytime during their 60-minute reservation window and are welcome to enjoy the Garden for the duration of the day.Pre-purchase your admission here: https://andersongardens.org/entry-reservations/

Friday, May 14, 2021

I come to the Garden to fish, as Ryoshi is my name. It requires that I be patient and still, waiting until just the right moment. I stare into the deep blue pond, hoping to see a flash of orange. I lift my long and elegant legs deeper into the water. Slowly, I move. Patiently, I wait. The koi are getting closer and closer, thinking my slender legs are just another stick. At the precise time, I rapidly stab my beak into the belly of the biggest orange and black koi. Gotcha! Quickly, I fly to the shore so my catch cannot escape back into the deep blue water. I drop him into the thick, green grass. In one fell swoop I pick him back up, this time between my beak and swallow him whole, gulping him down. Oishi(delicious)!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Do you want to know the secret to our big peony blooms?They are tree peonies, cousins of the herbaceous peony that is most common. Tree peonies are magnificent, long-lived woody shrubs that no garden should be without. Some varieties reach 4–5′ in height and plants are capable of bearing flowers up to 10″ in diameter that smell delightful. We love big, fragrant blooms!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Karen Azalea is an unusually hardy evergreen shrub with rich, lavender-purple flowers on a 2-3' tall and wide, mounded plant. Foliage turns a brilliant burgundy in the fall. Showiest when planted in groups, such as this grouping located at the main gate.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Announcing Member Weekends!Members of Anderson Japanese Gardens can now enjoy Member Weekends, the 3rd weekend of each month during our open season.During May Member Weekend, May 14th, 15th, 16th, members can enjoy an extra 10% off in the Gift Shop and bring a guest for free to enjoy the Garden with them.**Individual memberships can bring 1 free guest, Family memberships may bring 2 free guests. Total Gift Shop discount is 20%. Basic and Premium Members are invited to enjoy Member Weekends.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Hooray for all the moms in our lives! Hooray for the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, foster moms, bonus moms, other-mothers, aunts, wives, partners, sisters, friends, fellow moms, mentors, and women who love with a mother’s heart.Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Japanese gardens have three essential elements: rocks, water, and plants. Rocks are considered the bones of the garden and used to symbolize mountains and hills, recreating nature in a smaller space.

Friday, May 7, 2021

"Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax."- Mark Black

Wednesday, May 5, 2021