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. Arrange to visit Anderson Japanese Gardens and other attractions in Rockford using our Rockford online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Surround yourself by beauty and tranquility. This little garden is filled with surprises and beauty. My husband and I accidentally found it on our way to Chicago, and couldn't be happier.  more »
  • The gardens are not only beautiful but very tranquil. You can easily get lost in your own thoughts here. Plan on spending enough time for a leisurely stroll.  more »
  • Visit this beautiful jewel. A visit for tea and a tour. Enjoy the serenity, calm and beauty. Admission charge.  more »
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  • Worth every penny, i ended up staying a few hours just to go through the garden. I highly recommend a visit even if you're not into garden/nature. Everything trimmed to perfection!
  • The garden is so peaceful. The walking path is great. The fish are friendly. The waterfalls are pretty. It's just a really peaceful place to go especially during the day mid week when most people are at work. I can't wait till they are open next summer. They give children a little map quest and when we are done with our walk the kids can turn their map quest in and get a free prize.
  • Restaurant great food, atmosphere and service. Willing to help with that little extra that takes them from good service to exceptional. Gardens lovely, and docents helpful and informative. My body ran out of gas mid-garden, docent arranged golf cart to pick us up and take to car. Attitude was kind, concerned and compassionate. Am very arthritic with some mobility probs. I cannot say enough good about them.
  • Beautiful gem hidden away in Rockford. If you have kids, or are like me and sometimes can act like one, buy several bags of the fish food. They're only $1. It's a lot of fun feeding the hundreds of fish, ducks, and other animals.
  • Went in December, when it was "not at it's best" and was still delighted with every inch we explored. The Koi are magical, the gardens themselves are beautiful. Can't wait to see it again in Spring.

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