Construction of the Anderson Japanese Garden began in 1978 when John Anderson, a Rockford businessman, visited the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon. With the continued collaboration of craftsman and designer Hoichi Kurisu, the Andersons’ swampy backyard along Rockford’s Spring Creek has been transformed into a Japanese landscape. From the beginning of construction to today, Mr. Kurisu has paid close attention to various aspects such as the arrangement of the rocks, the arrangement of the trees, and the arrangement of the paths. In 1998, John and Linda Anderson donated the garden to the Rockford Rotary Charity Association as a support group. It now exists as a non-profit organization and has been developed to this day.
Since 2004, Anderson Japanese Garden has been rated as one of the best Japanese gardens in North America by Sukiya Living magazine. Inspired by tranquility, this 12-acre garden has won awards, including carp ponds, winding paths, calm streams, waterfalls, gravel paved gardens, and beautiful forged pine trees. Throughout the garden there are traditional 16th century crafts and buildings.
Anderson Japanese Gardens is a popular tour for tourists of all ages. The tour is tailored to the individual needs of each group (including the walking group). Group tours must be booked in advance.
Anderson Japanese Garden also offers an extraordinary setting for unforgettable weddings. Whether it’s an indoor party or a large celebration, Gardens will offer you many special celebrations.
At the hotel fresh in the garden, you can enjoy breakfast and lunch, which includes fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients.
Calendar of events: https://andersongardens.org/programming/