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Address: 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: 815-229-9390
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well...
This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings, sculptures and strolling paths.
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The Gem of Rockford

Anderson Gardens is one of the gems that needs more promotion. It is a beautiful tranquil spot in Rockford, IL, that deserves to be promoted more than it is now. It makes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Anderson Gardens is one of the gems that needs more promotion. It is a beautiful tranquil spot in Rockford, IL, that deserves to be promoted more than it is now. It makes Rockford a destination and not an afterthought. It has beautiful foliage, flora, water falls, and ponds. Strolling through the Garden is a relaxing and refreshing activity. My only... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is one of the best Japanese gardens in the world. The addition is not as authentic, but still nice. I have been there many times, attended a wedding there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Nice space for a large event! I had my bridal shower here and enjoyed the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the gardens.

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Rockford, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Ponds, fish, trees, trails, turtles, beautiful. It has them all and many, many people come from all over to visit this Japanese Gardens. They are known the world over. Bring your camera and be ready to relax... bring a book to read on the benches, look at all the pretty flowers... oh hum, I am so relaxed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Anderson is among the greatest gardens in the world. Impeccably maintained, there has been a Tuesday night bandshell playing for the last couple of years. It is a great way to view the gardens and have fun with family. There are shuttles from the Medical College for extra parking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You will not be disappointed visiting this authentic Japanese garden, complete with waterfalls and pond. Tuesday evenings in the summer there is music on the lawn. Absolutely gorgeous! Also, a great venue for Weddings.

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is an unbelievable treasure for the city of Rockford and northern Illinois. Scheduling a guided tour of this world class garden is definitely worth the extra cost, as guides provide you with a wealth of interesting information that isn't found in the self guided walking brochure. Seasonal memberships are a great option for locals. Summer concerts held on the... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

By far and away the most beautiful garden, at any time - wish it were open in winter! Lovely shapes,colors and plantings, plus the spectacular waterfall. Don't miss the guest house, where the gravel is raked daily into different patterns. Bring a book, sit and relax, let the serenity of the place wash over you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We went there for father's day and walked the grounds pretty nifty place. The displays are hidden from outside view so to realize the true beauty you need to buy a ticket and go through.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I'm well aware of the time put into maintaining the gardens, I just didn't find it very stimulating. I prefer a more colorful display.

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