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Anderson Japanese Gardens–One of North America’s Best Japanese Gardens–Friday Feature Photos

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois

Travel Media Showcase event in the event pavilion (Moyoshiba) at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.

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?

Garden of Reflection

Garden of Reflection at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.

 

 

Ducks in the Garden of Reflection

These ducks in the Garden of Reflection are so still they don’t even seem real!

 

 

West waterfall in the Anderson Japanese Garden.

West waterfall in the Anderson Japanese Garden.

 

 

Main bridge in the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.

Main bridge in the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.

 
 
Take this YouTube Vodcast video tour of the Anderson Japanese Gardens:

 

 

 

Visit Anderson Japanese Garden

  Online at: http://andersongardens.org/  

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   My thanks to the Travel Media Showcase and city of Rockford for making this experience possible.

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