A Japanese Gardens Tribute to Nature
Tucked away in the heart of Rockford, IL is an amazing treasure. Tranquil garden paths take you past a blend of Japanese maples, cloud pines and rhododendrons. In the spring it's magical with so many trees and flowers in bloom. It's quiet and relaxing to sit on the suspended deck just above the large pond that is home to many large Koi.
Walking bridges take you over streams and brooks flowing along at a gentle pace with azaleas, and magnolias lining the banks. There is a beautiful waterfall with seating nearby so you can pause to reflect, journal, or just soak in the vibes of nature surrounding you. When you are finished walking the paths check out the gift shop and have a bite to eat in the restaurant over looking the pond you just explored.
I've taken friends and my three year old grandson to the gardens during different seasons and have seen how amazing nature adapts and changes. Who doesn't need a break from work, stress, traffic, and gas prices. Make time to take a break from it all and surround yourself in nature. Your mind and body will thank you.
Koi are found in three different ponds at Anderson Garden. They are not shy and are just waiting to be fed the pellets the garden staff sells for a dollar a bag. It was fun to feed them because they came right up to the edge of the pond to be fed.
The Japanese name for Koi is Nishikigoi. You can tell Koi varieties apart by looking at their different colors, patterns, and scales. We saw a wide selection of Koi white, black and orange, white and orange and blue and orange.
- Anderson Japanese Gardens
Acclaimed public japanese garden on 14 acres in Rockford, Illinois. Enter Anderson Japanese Gardens and experience the beauty and zen
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