This is one of Rockford's brightest treasures! Share it with your out of town company. Call ahead and request a guided tour, so worth the trip.
This is why you come to Rockford. The gardens are beautiful any time of the year. Tranquil and serene even though just outside their gates lies fast paced roads and a another world. What's missing is a restaurant overlooking the gardens. There have been several attempts and for some reason none have stuck. Its a beautiful site and space for... More
I was amazed to find the Anderson Japanese Gardens right off the busy streets in Rockford. This quiet, peaceful refuge is a wonderful place to spend an entire morning, afternoon, or both. Amazing care has been put into keeping these grounds a magical, beautiful place. This is the #1 place I always take out-of-town guests. The first time I visited... More
After attending an outdoor concert I purchased a year membership so I can return frequently. This huge garden contains the perfect balance of water (running streams ov varying depths, ponds containing huge koi, and waterfalls ranging from afoot deep fall to the 30 foot centerpiece) , artwork, and plants.
Anderson Garden is unique in the whole country. Only one other garden in the Portland, OR area can claim comparable status. In many ways Anderson is more traditional than gardens I have visited in Kyoto and Tokyo. Wandering in the early morning after Salvation Army morning worship, held on summer Tuesdays, is a meditative and beautiful time of slanting light... More
This is the largest authentic Japanese Garden in the US - top of the line for sights and events. There are wondereful Japanese classes like orgami and flower arranging throughout the year in the indoor center. It is a great photgraphic opportunity.
You could spend a day with your camera here. No matter the season you will find many wonderful photo ops! Highly recommend!
May have been a little late in the year to fully see the full beauty of the gardens! We want to see the lovely setting when the gardens are in full bloom!
This is probably one of the best things in the area. I am happy that we came in fall because the colors made the garden VERY beautiful. I would definitely recommend having a wedding here. The children had a great time walking around and seeing the fish in the pond.
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