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Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Road


In our hectic and stressful world, Anderson Japanese Gardens opens minds to a different culture while offering guests a place of peace and tranquility where they will find healing, renewal, inspiration, and a re-energized soul.


Tina Fries

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Very beautiful. Well maintained with numerous "areas" and lots of quiet spots to relax on a bench. We always love the west waterfall and that area. It's a really pretty spot for photos and just hearing the water falling. Buy the koi food for $1 at the entrance. Keep in mind they DO NOT do reciprocal benefits with other botanic gardens so your membership at your home place won't help. They sell separate membership which would be good for locals. They do offer student etc discounts but as of August 2018 adults were $9, students $7 and kids under 5 are free.

Megan Luczak

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Beautiful outdoor space in Rockford. They host live music during the summer on Tuesday nights with doors opening at 5pm. Pack a picnic and chairs for a beautiful evening outdoors! You can't bring outside beverages, but they have beers and wines available for purchase. They also sell food on site if you just want to grab something there. The gardens are open during the event to take a stroll or to sit a bit further away from the crowds but still hear the music clearly. The lawn filled up around 5:30, so if you want to grab a spot, make sure you post up early. The music starts at 5:45 and goes to around 7:30-8pm. Great way to spend a summer evening!

Dan Clemen

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
I went here with my family, and I was extremely impressed with how well-kept the grounds were. There were next to no bugs or insects to pester me when we were walking around (which is always a concern), and the scenery was magnificent. The fact that there were a high number of locations where you could sit and relax while taking in the scenery was also an excellent touch - I would recommend this place to others if you enjoy a mellow and relaxing time.

Shelly P

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Our first time here and it was great! I was going by reviews on all gardens, and this one seemed to have the best. Besides the beauty i was impressed that there was absolutely no pesky bugs or mosquitoes and that made our stay much longer! 😁 Peaceful and gorgeous

Justin Cook

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
It's a Japanese garden. Well designed and executed. Lots of plants and several different koi ponds. It worth the stop for two reasons. 1) It's a great example of a Japanese garden. 2) You $ and foot traffic are what keep this unique place open. So check it out if you e got the time and support a local institution.

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