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September Lecture

Anderson Japanese Gardens will host its September lecture on Thursday, September 21.  The lecture titled: Chabana & Zen Aesthetics.  The lecture, hosted by Kimiko Gunji, will focus on the history of Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) and will explain the characteristics and functions of tea flowers (chabana).  Kimiko will also demonstrate various styles of ikebana arrangements featuring chabana. Kimiko Gunji is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture in the School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is a […]

August Public Tours

  Monday 8/7- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/14- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/21- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/28- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM Wednesday 8/2- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/9- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/16- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/23- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/30- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM Friday 8/4- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/11- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/18- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM 8/25- 10:30 AM | 1:15 PM […]

Laurent House

About Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Laurent House is the only building that world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed for a disabled client. Designed in 1949, using his Usonian hemicycle style of intersecting arcs, this organic architecture drew on Wright’s life-time interest in Japanese art and architecture that married natural materials, such as the House’s Chicago common brick and Tidewater red cypress, with the indoor and outdoor environments. Wright’s design was […]

Volunteer Open House – Sunday, March 19

Docents are a critical component of the Anderson Japanese Gardens experience. Interact with visitors from around the world in our inspirational outdoors setting. Join us for an Open House in our Visitor Center Gallery  on Sunday, March 19 from 1-4 PM and learn more about available volunteer and staffing opportunities for the upcoming 2017 season. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Contact Kara at 815.316.3305 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Docent Open House

Anderson Japanese Gardens is looking to add to its docent team for the 2017 season. Docents play an integral role in the Garden and assist with further guest knowledge. Join us for a Docent Open House this Thursday, November 17 from 4:00-6:00 PM. Current docents and staff will be on hand to answer any questions regarding opportunities. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall is Around the Corner

Fall is right around the corner, literally. Jack-o’-lantern mushrooms are sprouting up near our Guest House and they are stunning. They seem to beckon the changing of the seasons and remind us of the beauty just around the corner.

Last Tuesday Evening of the 2016 Season

Join us tonight for the last Tuesday Evening of the 2016 season. We welcome Patchouli to the stage at 5:45 PM followed by the Danielle Nicole Band. The evening is FREE for Garden members and the cost of regular admission for non-members. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1TrIMYR

Acoustic Session with Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players This Morning

The rain can’t ruin the fun this morning! Help us welcome Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players for an acoustic session under the Pavilion at 10:00 AM. Justin Roberts is one of the “All-Stars” of the indie family music scene and has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives for nearly two decades. Come jump, clap and play along with Justin this morning!

Garden Explorers Begins This Week

Join us for the first Garden Explorers of the season this Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 AM. Garden Explorers is age appropriate for 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Reader: Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools Performer: Duke Otherwise Duke Otherwise is a children’s musician unlike any you have heard before. Duke entertains his crowds using his guitar, his unique singing style and tap shoes […]

Anderson Japanese Gardens Docent Recognized for Efforts with Alzheimer’s Association

We appreciate how much our docents go above and beyond to not only share the tranquil benefits of the Garden with our guests, but help spread its holistic effects outside the paths of our Garden. For the past two seasons, docent Randy Zimmerman (pictured) has been partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to help provide guidance in how to be mindful in each moment to those suffering from the disease and their caregivers. Recently, Randy was asked to share the intervention […]