Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford

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Travel back in time to the 13th-century style Anderson Japanese Gardens, complete winding paths that link pagodas to waterfalls and bridges. You will see numerous flowers and trees including Japanese maples, cloud pines, azaleas, magnolias, and rhododendrons, and various species of colorful fish, minks, and ducks. You can take a guided tour if you have eight or more guests, or do a self-guided walk of the gardens. While strolling through the gardens, look for statues of angels created by a Swedish sculptor Carl Milles who worked during the 19th and 20th centuries. Get garden ornaments and Japanese candies from the gift shop. Plan to visit Anderson Japanese Gardens during your Rockford vacation using our convenient Rockford trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    My wife and i spent a Sunday strolling the grounds of this beautiful Japanese garden and having lunch in  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful. Kids enjoy the gardens also, fish to see and feed and a scavenger hunt to participate in.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Japanese design greets you at every turn. Native trees are sculpted to a Japanese aesthetic. Water features delight the eye and ear as you wander along shady paths. Though there were many visitors we ...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Beautiful garden to visit with family. Even in summer you won't get that much heat because of the big plantations. The garden is designed so you can walk with a stroller if you have infant. You will find two Waterfall in the garden. They also provide a brochure with a map you can use while exploring the garden. Also consider the events schedule on the website which happens frequently. The restaurant is also a good treat.
  • July 9, 2017
    We come here almost every year. Never a disappointing trip. Very zen. You take your time and just relax. I highly recommend taking a early morning stroll. Perfect for feeding the fish, turtles, and ducks.
  • July 3, 2017
    It's so beautiful. We enjoyed the concert today. They have a restaurant in the main building. Can't wait to try it. We renewed our yearly senior membership for $90.00 for the both of us. We'll worth it.
  • July 9, 2017
    Anderson Japanese Garden is beautiful while it's open Spring - Fall. It's a great place to have a quiet walk or sit and meditate in a peaceful atmosphere. The one day admission is a little pricy, but it is worth it and there are memberships if you want to visit frequently. There are also evening events in the garden all season long (check the website for a calendar), and the garden can be booked for after-hours private events as well.
  • June 30, 2017
    A piece of paradise. I highly recommend coming here. I can't wait to come back in the fall to see all of the leaves change colors.

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