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2015 Season Begins Friday, May 1

Anderson Japanese Gardens begins a new season on Friday, May 1 beginning at 9 am. Admission is free for Anderson Japanese Gardens members and for non-members the cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. Children 5 and under are free. On Saturday, May 2, Anderson Japanese Gardens hosts their Opening Day Celebration. The day is in honor of Children’s Day, a Japanese tradition that respects children’s personalities and their happiness. Children’s Day usually takes place on the […]

2015 Tuesday Evening in the Gardens Schedule Announced

The performance schedule for Tuesday Evening in the Gardens for the 2015 season has been released. Join friends and family for a summertime music series in the picturesque setting of Anderson Japanese Gardens. Admission is free for members. For non-members, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for teens and 12 & under are free. This year’s line up features both regional and national performers every Tuesday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Doors open at 5: 00 pm and Opening […]

Hanami Chakai – Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony

Join us for  Hanami Chakai events the weekend of Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26. Hanami Chakai is  a traditional Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony. The demonstration will take place in our 16th century Sukiya style Guest House. To follow proper Tea Ceremony etiquette, participants are asked to bring along a pair of white socks to wear in the Guest House. The ceremony will be led by Kimiko Gunji, Professor Emeritus of Japanese Traditional Art and Culture and former Director of […]

Anderson Japanese Gardens rated top with Wedding Wire and The Knot

Anderson Japanese Gardens provides a breathtaking setting for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. In addition providing the perfect backdrop for your ceremony, we strive to offer an unforgettable, flawless memory for our bridal couples. That goal has led us to recently receive top awards including Couple’s Choice Award for Wedding Wire and Best of Weddings for The Knot.   The awards were based on feedback from bridal couples and are awarded  to top vendors nationwide who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and […]

Tsugaru-Shamisen & Taiko Performance

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center 406 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103 Sunday, April 19 3:00-5:00 pm Doors open at 2:30 pm Click Here to Purchase Tickets Join Japan America Society of Chicago, NDK America and Anderson Japanese Gardens for a unique performance  at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center featuring two internationally known Japanese performers, Koji Yamaguchi and Yoshihiko Fueki. The duo brings a powerful new sound of Japan with their performance featuring a traditional Tsugaru-Shamisen and Taiko. Examples of Koji Yamaguchi and […]

Lecture on Thursday, April 16

Anderson Japanese Gardens will host Dr. Helen Nagata on Thursday, April 16 for the second lecture of its 2015 season. The Katsura Imperial Villa is located in the western outskirts of Kyoto and is one of the most revered Japanese imperial villas still in existence from the seventeenth century. Dr. Nagata’s discussion will illuminate the garden’s design and architectural structures. She will also discuss the aesthetic experience of nature while introducing fundamental aspects of the Villa’s function and composition. The […]

ArtScene Locations to Host Collection for Northern Illinois Tornado Victims

In response to recent tornadoes in Northern Illinois last on Thursday night, Rockford Area Arts Council is coordinating efforts with the Salvation Army to collect items at this weekend’s Spring ArtScene. Several ArtScene locations have volunteered to be collection sites for tornado victims. Items most needed include: Canned & Dry Foods Bottled Water Personal Care Items Baby Care Items Pet Supplies Toilet Paper Cleaning Supplies Garbage Bags Please note no clothing donations will be accepted at this time Monetary donations […]

First Lecture of 2015 on Thursday, March 19

Anderson Japanese Gardens will host the first lecture of the 2015 series this Thursday, March 19. Douglas Roth, publisher of Sukiya Living Magazine (The Journal of Japanese Gardening) will present focused on Japanese garden maintenance, including how to create and care for a sukiya living environment. Japanese garden care involves much more than raking gravel and pruning trees. The success of a high-quality garden lies in the on-going maintenance. Participants will learn what is involved in caring for Japanese style […]

Thank you for a Great 2014 Season

Anderson Japanese Gardens closed its gates on the 2014 season on November 2. The Gardens re-open on May 1, 2015. Thank you to all our visitors this year. It was a great pleasure to share the beauty and tranquility of the Gardens with you. We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens next spring!

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens with Edward David Anderson

This week we welcome Edward David Anderson to the garden pavilion. Best known for his work with the Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire Fire, Anderson returns to the national stage with his solo debut, Lies & Wishes, a collection of songs that embrace vulnerability while remaining grounded in his working class roots. Admission to the Tuesday Evening music performances starts at 5 pm; the performance starts at 6:30 pm and will end before sundown. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase […]