Known for their serene backdrops, Japanese gardens are also the best places to rehearse silent-movie line readings. Get some peace and quiet with today's Groupon: for $20, you get six admissions to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford (a $7 value/adult; a $6 value/senior; a $5 value/student; up to a $42 total value). Children aged four and younger enter for free. This Groupon expires on October 31, 2011.
The highly regarded Anderson Japanese Gardens beckon groups to states of tranquility with 12 lush acres of undulating paths, streams, and painstaking designs. Steeped in traditional Japanese garden aesthetics and cultivated by friends John Anderson and Hoichi Kurisu, the gardens carve out a quiet niche for stressed sojourners or lily pads on the lam, introducing them to picturesque waterfalls, arched bridges, multihued flora, and smooth, stoic rocks. Stroll along verdant pathways, resisting the urge to pluck bouquets of flowers or wrestle koi for a spot on the pond swim team, then peruse the gift shop for souvenirs of your soothing retreat.
Anderson Japanese Gardens
After traveling to Japan in 1966 and to the Portland Japanese Garden soon thereafter, John Anderson found himself inspired by the country's lush landscape and tranquil gardens. In 1978, after returning to his home in Rockford, he partnered with expert designer Hoichi Kurisu to begin constructing Anderson Japanese Gardens—12 acres of paths, plants, and streams, as soothing as those John visited in Japan.
The gardens still encourage a sense of calm and thoughtful reflection, as guided and self-guided tours stroll past undulating waterfalls, trickling across colorful flowers, beneath arched bridges, and over lily pads. Fruit blossoms on trees and bushes, sculptures stand very still, and koi fish flit about in a pond. On Thursdays, participants read from scripture, listen to music, and meditate during worship services, and a series of classes held onsite, such as origami and tai chi, impart Japanese traditions.
318 Spring Creek Rd.
Rockford, Illinois 61107Get Directions