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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  • So peaceful! We loved it. Quiet and calm. Great fresh food items in their restaurant. We want to return soon.  more »
  • The gardens are a beautiful place to walk around or even hold a wedding ceremony at. I highly recommend visiting at least once!  more »
  • Pictures can't justify this place, you need to see it in person. Would also highly recommending having breakfast or lunch (both are outstanding) at the restaurant, Fresco at the Gardens.  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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