wooden gate at Anderson Gardens

Anderson Gardens

A Japanese garden evolved over three decades, featuring authentic Japanese architecture including a tea house, water features and event venues to create a restorative space for the whole community.

Rockford, Illinois
11 acres
1978 – 2015
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Designed and constructed by Kurisu, what is now the Anderson Japanese Gardens began in 1978 as a simple, private, backyard landscape project.

Guided tours began four years later, and in 1998 the Anderson Gardens became a not-for-profit organization. Today the Gardens have developed into a valuable community resource, a destination visited by over 30,000 people annually, and have been ranked as one of the top Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

pond at Anderson Gardens
From its inception, the mission of the Anderson Japanese Gardens has been to provide a place where visitors will find “healing, renewal, and a re-energized soul.”
pond with bridge at Anderson Gardens
Over its three decades of evolution, Anderson Gardens' tranquil setting has become integral to its community as a cultural institution and restorative and healing garden.
cottage at Anderson Gardens
Kurisu's landscape design includes an authentic Japanese tea house, bridges, gates and Sukiya-style guesthouse built by master carpenters from Tokyo.
pond at Anderson Gardens
Visitors enjoy several garden waterfalls and reflecting ponds, as well as intimate garden paths and many quiet corners in which to sit, immersed in nature, and contemplate or simply relax.
rock garden at Anderson Gardens
cottage doorway at Anderson Gardens
doorway view of Anderson Gardens

Anderson Gardens' Health and Wellness programming provide further opportunities to enlist nature in the balancing of mind, body and spirit. The Anderson Japanese Gardens serve the community and visitors from all over the world as a venue for cultural, educational and spiritual growth. Learn more about Anderson Gardens.

autumn leaves at Anderson Gardens
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Healing Gardens

Our Japanese-style healing gardens are designed with an intention for restoration on the deepest levels. We incorporate the ancient philosophies and techniques of Japanese garden design to reawaken the connection between people and nature – between ourselves and the larger, timeless cycles of change and regeneration.

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