Surround yourself with nature in an outdoor setting that inspires the mind & energizes the soul.

A visit to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois provides an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages.


May 1- October 31

Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Adults $9.50
Seniors (62+) $8.50
Students $7.50
Children 5 Y.O. & Under Free


Serving breakfast & lunch daily

Reservations Available:  815.316.2256

Mon – Fri: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sat & Sun: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Anderson Japanese Gardens is recognized as one of the premier Japanese gardens in North America. Your membership provides vital financial support that helps us maintain the Garden to world-class quality standards and to offer first-class cultural programming and special events.

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September 2017

Lecture Series

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Chabana & Zen Aesthetics Kimiko Gunji (Champaign, IL) | Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Gunji will give a brief history of Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) and will explain the characteristics and functions of tea flowers (chabana).  She will also demonstrate various styles of ikebana arrangements featuring chabana. FREE for Garden Members | $5 for Non-Members

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September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, repeating until December 14, 2017

Bujinkan is a system of martial arts that uses body movement and positioning rather than strength to defeat an opponent.  Sessions are led by Shidoshi Jeff Patchin.  For registration and further information, please email

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Attention & Intention

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Learn how the Gardens can be used to open and focus the mind to the ever-present moment of Now.  Participants will stop at several Garden locations and focus their attention on specific life themes: increasing present moment awareness, understanding life's flow, embracing change and finding personal peace.  At each stop, participants will be given the opportunity to set intentions for their lives around those themes.  A journal will be provided for participants to use during this session as well as…

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