Labor Day 2013: We were looking for a day trip that was within easy driving distance from our Central Illinois home.
- A place with a lovely and relaxed atmosphere.
- A place we could enjoy perfect end-of-summer weather.
- A place that was a different experience from our usual routine.
We found what we were looking for at Anderson’s Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
The walking path is an easy 1.3 miles through perfectly sculpted water gardens complete with koi ponds. Japanese sculpture surprised us at turns and arches. Large granite stones and boulders edged ponds and paths. They were placed by hand to form perfect perches for contemplation or stone steps leading down to the water. The stone was as surreal as the surroundings–natural and yet formal. Sculpted trees and perfectly balanced settings gave the garden a surreal beauty.