I’d never visited a Japanese Garden before I got the chance in Rockford, Illinois, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While I couldn’t find more recent lists, the Sukiya Living Magazine ranked Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens as number one in both 1999 and 2004, so I knew I’d be seeing one of the best!
My experience of gardens is of the English garden variety, particularly Victorian, which don’t resemble the Japanese gardens at all with their much more wandering approach instead of straight lines and squared beds.
I found wandering through the Anderson Japanese Gardens to be both a peaceful and exciting experience, since it was also a journey of discovery.
It seemed to me that the little surprises, of flowers or bridges or sculptures or fountains, where I least expected them, fit well with my life’s philosophy to Enjoy the journey, not the destination.
While I was attending an event with the Travel Media Showcase, I could see why the gardens were so popular with local brides. What better place to start married life than surrounded in such natural beauty?
Indeed, what better place to stop in to get out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and find a few moments for relaxation and reflection?
Take this YouTube Vodcast video tour of the Anderson Japanese Gardens: