AJG Makes “Most Beautiful” List

A new list published on Thrillist.com ranks Anderson Japanese Gardens as the #1 “Most Beautiful Place in Illinois That You Never Knew Existed”.  This is both an honor and not at all surprising; almost daily we hear garden guests say that they had “no idea” we were here.  But this is changing, thanks to […]

Nicholas David Featured at Tonight’s Tuesday Evening in the Gardens

Join us this evening for a performance by Nicholas David.  Nicholas is a vibrant, dynamic and multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist from St. Paul, MN.   He  was a finalist on NBC’s hit show, The Voice in 2012.  Nicholas’ music is a fully integrative experience, incorporating multiple genres and influences ranging everywhere from Prince to Beethoven. His powerful […]

Change to Thursday’s Lecture

Due to a sudden family illness, Professor Kimiko Gunji will be unable to give her lecture on Tea Aesthetics this week.  Our August 20 lecture will be conducted by the Gardens’ very own Mr. Tim Gruner, Curator and Head Horticulturalist.    He will present Patterns in Nature that Inform Japanese Garden Design and the Connection […]

Mark Rose Featured at Tonight’s Tuesday Evening in the Gardens

Mark Rose brings his soothing melodies and heartwarming lyrics to this evening’s Tuesday Evening in the Gardens performance.  Originally from Chicago, Rose is best known as a solo artist, and as former front man of indie/emo rock band Spitalfield.  Rose’s debut solo album, Wonderful Trouble (2011), was described by Alternative Press Magazine as having the […]

Japanese Aesthetics- Art of Tea Ceremony at August Lecture

Join us this Thursday for a lecture with Kimiko Gunji, Associate Professor Emeritus at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Professor Gunji will discuss unique features of traditional Japanese culture and arts that have influenced the country’s contemporary daily life and industry.  Professor Gunji will perform a tea ceremony and explain its historical context as […]

Japanese Summer Festival 2015

It’s right around the corner – Anderson Japanese Gardens’ annual Japanese Summer Festival is Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23.  Join us for this two-day celebration of Japanese culture featuring unique performances and demonstrations of music, dance, arts, games and more. The festival will include Taiko drum performances, special performances by the street […]

Just Like Me Tea at Garden Explorers

Nothing could be more common than drinking tea, having a favorite pair of shoes, or being excited about a special gift from your grandmother.  Growing up in Japan might seem really different from us, but we are more alike than it seems.  Join us  as we welcome Chai Town Tea for our season’s last […]

Strange Americans Featured at Tonight’s Tuesday Evening in the Gardens

Strange Americans take the stage tonight for their Tuesday Evening in the Gardens performance.  A rock and roll band at heart, their roots lead back to in Rockford.  Local singer/songwriter Mitch Brechon kicks off the evening at 5:45 pm.

Dance Along at Garden Explorers Tomorrow

Join us as we welcome Rockford Dance Company for tomorrow morning’s Garden Explorers.  Children help make stories come alive as they dance to their favorite books!  Participants will follow a dance warm up and play creative dance games using action words, adjectives and imagination!  The morning will start with a story time at 9 […]

Miles Nielsen Featured at Tonight’s Tuesday Evening Performance

Popular Rockford native, Miles Nielsen, returns to the Tuesday Evening in the Gardens stage this evening.  His music seamless blends  alternative, country, blue-eyed soul, folk, pop and rock.  Derek Luttrell will open for Miles beginning at 5:45.  Come early and grab your seat.  Doors open at 5:00 pm.