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Photo Contest Announced

Anderson Japanese Gardens invites you to be a part of the 2015 Essence of Autumn Social Media photography contest. Winners will receive Amazon.com gift cards valued at up to $500!
The contest begins October 1, 2015 and ends October 31, 2015 at midnight. Photo entries must have been taken at Anderson Japanese Gardens and shot […]

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 […]

Jim Gill is coming to the Gardens on August 6!

Award-winning musician and author, Jim Gill, is performing at Anderson Japanese Gardens as part of his Family Room Tour.  This family event will be on Thursday, August 6th, at 11 am, following our Garden Explorers program. 

In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to […]

Guest Chef Dinner with Octane Interlounge Restaurant

On Saturday, October 15, Anderson Japanese Gardens welcomes local Chef Patrick Alberto of Octane Interlounge and Koval Distillery for a Guest Chef Dinner.  Alberto’s creations will be served family style and paired with the spirits of Koval Distillery.  Space is limited and reservations are required by Friday, November 7  The cost is $85 per person […]

Ikebana and Chanoyu Tea Ceremony

Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) demonstration and gallery exhibit combined with a public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19.  Ikebana demonstrations are led by the students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be […]

Japanese Summer Festival

Join in the fun at our two-day cultural event featuring exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups. The Festival will be held during regular garden hours, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4 pm. The Taiko drummers and Candyman, a traditional Japanese street performer, return for multiple […]

The Pines to Perform on Tuesday Evening, August 12

Rising out of the prairies of the midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years.  The Pines have gathered a stunning line up of musical talent that has gained them a faithful and growing following.  Coming to us from Minneapolis, a city […]

Caroline Smith and Olivia Dvorak

Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps is an indie folk band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, with vocal influences ranging from Billie Holliday to Peter, Paul and Mary.  Merging ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith‘s new album, Half About Being a Woman, is a record about self-acceptance and growing into your […]

Hummingbird Clearwing Moths

Each summer, when the hostas and wildflowers are in bloom, the Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) arrive to feast on the hundreds of flowers in the Gardens.  At first glance, these large moths can easily be mistaken for hummingbirds.  With a closer look, you can see that they are not birds at all, nor […]

Whiskey Farm/Rock & Roll Institute

Coming on  July 29 from Madison, Wisconsin, Whiskey Farm’s music is a blend of homegrown bluegrass and folk, creating a unique, pop-minded Americana sound.  Tuesday’s music will feature songs from their new album, “From the Still”.  You can give them a listen on their website.

Admission for the Tuesday Evening in the Garden events starts […]