A Japanese Garden in Illinois

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.

Water and landscape meld into a tranquil setting in this authentic Japanese garden.

Water and landscape meld into a tranquil setting in this authentic Japanese garden.

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.




About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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